New Delhi: Midfielder Danish Mujtaba and striker Yuvraj Walmiki have been called back to the national camp for the World League hockey final, to be played here from January 10 to 18.
A total of 28 players have been called for the preparatory camp to be trained under national coach Terry Walsh. Nine players have been selected from the junior team that recently participated in the Junior World Cup.
India are placed in a relatively easy Pool along with Germany, England and New Zealand.
Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina are in the other group. India will open their campaign against England on January 10, followed by New Zealand on January 11 and Germany on January 13.
The exposure against top teams should stand India in good stead before the World Cup in May. However, some teams might not send their full strength sides for the World League.
In August, Walmiki was upset that he was not included in the Asia Cup squad and had thought of quitting the game. But a call from Sydney, from former coach Michael Nobbs, kept up his spirits.
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, PT Rao and Harjot Singh
Defenders: Harbir Singh Sandhu, Rupinder Pal Singh, V R Raghunath, Birendra Lakra, Gurmail Singh, Amit Rohidas, Kothajit Singh and Gurjinder Singh
Midfielders: S K Uthappa, M B Aiyappa, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Satbir Singh
Forwards: Nikkin Thimmaiah, Nithin Thimmaiah, S V Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Affan Yousuf and Yuvraj Walmiki