India start as favourites against Ireland in FIH World League round 3

The Indian team for the World League Round 3 is a fine combination of youth and experience with senior drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and forward Shivendra Singh making their comeback into the national squad.

updated: June 12, 2013 18:31 IST
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Rotterdam: With their eyes firmly set on next year's World Cup, a new-look India will start as overwhelming favourites against minnows Ireland in their opening match of the men's competition of the FIH World League Round 3, here on Thursday.

However, it won't be easy for the Indians as they have been grouped along side mighty Netherlands and New Zealand apart from Ireland in Pool B of the World League Round 3 (Semi-final), which is a qualifying tournament for next year's World Cup in Hague.

While Pool A consists of Australia, Spain, Belgium and Germany.

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