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HWL Final: England player asks team to be wary of 2 Odisha players


Bhubaneswar: England midfielder Adam Dixon has asked his teams attackers to be wary of young Indian defenders Dipsan Tirkey and Amit Rohidas when the two sides face-off in a Hockey World League clash on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Dixon played alongside the two Odisha defenders at Kalinga Lancers, who won the Hockey India League (HIL) title in 2017.

“I’ve played with Dipsan and Amit in Kalinga Lancers team and I am definitely telling my team to watch out for these two guys. They are extremely good at the backline,” Dixon said in a release on Wednesday.

Rohidas rode on his superlative performances in the HIL to make a comeback in the national side, while Dipsan impressed one and all at the Junior World Cup 2016 as he partnered Harmanpreet Singh at the heart of the Indian defence.

Vice-captain Dipsan played a major role in India’s Junior World Cup-winning run in Lucknow.

“I worked with them closely during our Hockey India League days and they contributed tremendously to our title (HIL) win. I am waiting eagerly to play against them in the tournament,” said Briton Dixon, who has 205 international caps to his name.