England announce hockey squads
Commonwealth Games England have announced the men’s and women’s hockey squads that will compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Ten nations will be participating in both the Men's and Women's Hockey competitions with the teams split into two pools of five in the preliminary rounds and the top two teams in each pool progressing to play off for the medals.
Prior to the Commonwealth Games England will face Scotland, Ireland, Wales and South Africa at the Investec London Cup from 9-13 July.
The England women's team will be captained by Kate Richardson-Walsh who will be competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games.
Giselle Ansley comes back into the squad and Holcombe's Lucy Wood is selected following a number of impressive appearances for the England Development Squad.
Ten of the 16 strong squad will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts. Alongside the experience of Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson will be competing in her third Games while Georgie Twigg, Susie Gilbert, Nicola White and Laura Unsworth were all part of the squad who claimed bronze in Delhi four years ago.
\"It is always a pleasure and an honour to represent your country at a Commonwealth Games,\" said Richardson-Walsh. \"Being at a large multi-sport event is an excellent experience for the team. It's great to be able to support your fellow athletes and enjoy celebrating Team England's success. I've no doubt that Glasgow will put on a fabulous event.\"
The men's team will be captained by Barry Middleton, the most capped Great Britain and England men's player of all time, and contains several experienced names in the shape of George Pinner, Iain Lewers, Dan Fox and Mark Gleghorne.
\"I'm really excited for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,\" said Middleton. \"It's nice to have another major tournament so close to home. Multi-sport events have a different feel to a normal hockey event and there's always a great atmosphere.
\"I'm proud to be part of Team England and we are aiming to be one of the success stories of the games.\"
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson added: \"I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to both the men's and women's hockey squads. 19 of the 32 players will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts, with the remainder providing a huge amount of international experience, including our two captains who have five Commonwealth Games between them. They will compete in London prior to their arrival in Glasgow which will aide their final preparations as they head into Glasgow."