This will be the first major global event for China under the leadership of the former Germany women’s head coach, and both coach and players will be looking for a strong showing after months of preparations.
The team for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup has some familiar names in it, with veteran goalkeeper Li Dong Xiao adding to her 142 caps. The defence will also be bolstered by the presence of experienced Cui Qiu Xia (137) and Gu Bing Feng (51), both of who are part of a strong leadership team.
The forward line will be led by Zhang Xiao Xue and Wu Qiong, who have mustered more than 150 caps between them.
Song Xiaoming was China’s top scorer at the Asian Champions Trophy and, although the player is relatively inexperienced at international level, with just 20 caps to her name, she is a talented striker who will add firepower to China’s attack.
While Mülders has selected a team full of experience in each area of the pitch, he has also added some exciting young players to the roster. Li Hong and Zhong Jia Qi are two new names on the China team sheet and, with both players being just 18 years-old, Mülders will be looking for the teenagers to add the spark of youthfulness to the team.