India women's hockey captain Savita Punia said the team is keenly awaiting the start of Germany and Spain tours as it is a chance for them to prepare for the Asian Games in China.
The squad flew to Europe on Wednesday from Bengaluru and will first land in Germany for a three-match series to compete against hosts Germany and the third team, China.
India will play their first match against China on July 16 in Limburg, followed by matches against Germany on July 18 and 19.
The team will then visit Spain on July 20 for the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation - International Tournament.
They will play Spain on July 25, followed by matches against South Africa on July27 and England on July 28.
"We are really looking forward to this tour. Playing against quality sides in the lead up to the Asian Games will give us a good learning experience," Savita said before departing for Germany.
"These matches will be really important for us as we prepare for the upcoming Asian Games. Having worked on our strengths and weaknesses in the last few months, we will aim to give our best in Germany and Spain."
The Asian Games 2022, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will start from September 23 to October 8.
Goalkeepers: Savita (C), Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Nikki Pradhan, Ishika Chaudhary, Udita, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam.
Midfielders: Nisha, Monika, Salima Tete, Neha, Navneet Kaur, Sonika, Baljeet Kaur, Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Jyoti Chhatri.
Forwards: Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Sangita Kumari, Deepika.