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Middleton set to reach landmark

Great Britain and England captain Barry Middleton is set to make his 300th combined international appearance later this week.

The 30-year-old will reach the landmark on Friday when England face Argentina in a Four Nations tournament, held over five days, at this summer's Commonwealth Games venue in Glasgow.

Head coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 18 to face World Cup sides the South Americans, Belgium and Scotland with Reading's James Bailey returning as reserve goalkeeper and Wimbledon's Phil Roper also getting a recall.

"This Four Nations tournament will give us a chance to test ourselves against other World Cup contenders and will help us to gauge what progress we have made since we last played these sides," said Crutchley.

"With the World Cup being just over five weeks away our focus is very much on that tournament, however, it's also fantastic to get to play at the venue for the Commonwealth Games."

Squad: J Bailey (GK), T Carson, N Catlin, S Mantell, D Shingles (Reading); A Brogdon, M Hoare, P Roper (Wimbledon); D Condon, M Gleghorne, A Jackson, I Lewers; D Fox, B Middleton (Holcombe); G Pinner (GK), H Martin, T Whiteman, O Willars (Beeston).