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Ahead of Indias final against Belgium at the junior hockey World Cup in Lucknow on Sunday, ESPN introduces three players who seem to have done enough during the tournament to merit consideration for selection to the senior team. Across defence, midfield and attack, Varun Kumar, Santa Singh and Armaan Qureshi have formed the spine of the team. They spoke to us before the tournament and here is their journey in their own words.First influencesThere was nobody in my family who played hockey, but [India international and captain at the 2013 junior World Cup] Manpreet Singh and I are schoolmates. He began playing hockey before me and suggested I take up the sport. So, inspired by Manpreet, I began playing in Mithapur, my village. - VarunI started playing hockey because of the atmosphere in my village. [Indian midfielder] Sardar Singh also hails from there. One of my uncles was a very good hockey player and his son used to play hockey. He would often visit us, and one day I accompanied him to the ground and decided to start playing hockey. Ive always followed Sardar, and thats the reason I play in midfield. - SantaMy uncle Hasrat played for India, and he became my inspiration to start playing hockey. There used to be hockey camps in our school during summer vacations. Thats where I started playing for the first time. I also played cricket and pursued it quite seriously for a while. Then one day, they laid a new AstroTurf pitch in Gwalior, where I live. After that I started playing hockey quite seriously. - ArmaanBest coaching adviceWhen I started playing hockey, [former India captain] Pargat Singh gave me a lot of motivation. He would come to the ground and tell us about how to practise, what to eat. Whatever he learnt playing for India, he would pass on to the rest of us. - VarunThe coach at my hostel [former India international and Sardar Singhs older brother Didar Singh] used to support me a lot. He always told me that in modern hockey you must always look up while playing. Training under Harendra Singh [head coach of the junior team] has also been good, because he varies it up all the time. This prevents it from getting monotonous. - SantaI went to the Madhya Pradesh Academy in 2007, and my coach there was [former Olympian and Dhyan Chands son] Ashok Kumar. Then in 2013, I joined Air India, and my coach there was [former India captain] Dhanraj Pillay. Ive been fortunate with the coaching Ive had all these years. The one thing theyve all taught me is that you cannot give up. If you arent able to do something perfectly, then you must keep working at it till you achieve it. - ArmaanKey to success in hockeyThe most important attribute for a good defender is to have patience. You must know how to defend against an opposition forward and how to finish their moves. These qualities define a good defender. - VarunIt is tough to play against the Europeans. They tend to play with a lot of physicality. But our team now is very good. We tend to play with good fitness levels. Weve worked very hard on all major points. - SantaThere are parallels between football and hockey, especially in attacking patterns. The one-to-one passes and the attacks from the outside are more or less the same. I like [Lionel] Messi because of how he plays and the confidence with which he plays. On our first two tours, I wore jersey No. 29, but then when it was announced that everybody could put forward their favoured numbers, I went for No. 10. Hes not a player... hes a magician. - ArmaanUltimate goal in hockeyMy biggest ambition in life is to always give my best when playing and to play at the Olympics one day. - VarunThe junior World Cup is the main target for our entire group. Only after this can we think about what we want to achieve in life. 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Adidas Shoes Clearance Sale .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Cheap Adidas Shoes For Sale . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid.SASKATOON -- Halifax Mooseheads golden boy Nathan MacKinnon was named the most valuable player at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup on Sunday, raising Nova Scotian hopes for another homegrown hockey phenom. MacKinnon capped off the tournament with a hat trick in the final, nailing down a 6-4 victory by flipping a loose puck into an empty net with 22 seconds left in the third period. It was his second three-goal game of the tournament, both against the demoralized Portland Winterhawks. "Its pretty cool," said MacKinnon. "The feeling would be the same whether I had one point, no points or five points tonight." MacKinnon hails from the town of Cole Harbour, N.S., which few Canadians had heard of before the meteoric rise of superstar Sidney Crosby. The two attended the same high school, Shattuck-St. Marys Academy and both are five-foot-11 centres. But MacKinnon says there really is no comparison. "Hes in a class of his own for sure," said MacKinnon. "Hes the best in the world." At 17-years-old, MacKinnon is already a veteran of the Canadian world junior team and a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion. After being selected first overall in the 2011 QMJHL draft, hes heading into the NHL draft on June 30 as the second-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Graham MacKinnon, a Canadian National Railway worker with a thick red beard, said his son honed his skills the old fashioned way: playing shinny. "We live on a small lake, and in the wintertime I used to flood it every day," said the older MacKinnnon.dddddddddddd"He was always out shooting pucks down on the lake. "He was just always competing hard, and just loved the game." Starting when Nathan was seven, the MacKinnons billeted Mooseheads players Frederick Cabana, who went on to play professional hockey in Germany. "He was with us for two or three years and I got to know him pretty well," said Nathan MacKinnon. "Being a kid I idolized him, and always wanted to get to this moment." MacKinnons mother Kathy said he showed a precocious knack for sports, displaying remarkable hand-eye co-ordination and agility from an early age. "He walked early, and always had a stick or basketball bat or golf club or hockey stick the minute he could walk," said Kathy Mackinnon. While he had a clear love for hockey, Kathy said he also showed a talent for canoe racing, basketball, soccer and tennis. "I knew there was no question hed play sports," she said. "We just didnt know what sport it would be." Graham MacKinnon said the whole family is trying hard to stay grounded in the face of a deluge of wealth and fame with the NHL draft quickly approaching. "We live in the moment and take it day by day you know, honestly, and he does the same thing" he said. "You never want to get too far ahead of yourself, and thats what we try to preach to him too." As for the comparisons to Crosby, Graham MacKinnon said these are pretty superficial. "Theyre two different players from the same area, thats just about it," he said. 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