England Men's European Squad Named

The England Hockey men’s squad has been announced for the forthcoming EuroHockey Nations Championships in Monchengladbach, which will be covered by the BBC.

The 18 athlete squad embarks on the defence of the European crown England won for the first time in 2009 and there is a boost with the inclusion of East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson (below), who returns to international hockey after eight months out through injury.

England's Ashley Jackson is crowded out by Dutch players during England's bronze medal match against the Netherlands at the Hero Honda FIH World Cup in Delhi, March 2010

Jackson scored twice in the 2009 European final as England beat Germany 5-3 and the 23 year old former World Young Player of the Year is one of 15 members of the 2011 squad who came home from Amsterdam with medals that year.  The Kent-born midfielder has been out since December 2010 and missed the second half of last season with his club as well as England’s FIH Indoor World Cup campaign in Poland.

Speaking about Jackson’s return, England Head Coach Jason Lee said: “It is with great pleasure that we have been able to include a fully fit Ashley Jackson in the team after eight months out.  A couple of months ago it seemed that he wasn't going to regain fitness for this summer, but recently he has progressed quickly and even played a cameo role in two recent practise matches against Korea. Even given his time out, his class was obvious.”

Mark Pearn celebrates scoring his 50th goal for England at The London Cup, Chiswick

Jackson’s East Grinstead teammate Mark Pearn is one of the three athletes selected that were not part of the 2009 squad.  Pearn recently returned to the England fold six years after retiring from international hockey.  Having made his comeback in June’s Rabo Four Nations Cup in the Netherlands, Pearn also played in the London Cup earlier this month where he netted his 50th goal for England in the final match against Belgium (pictured above).  Nick Catlin and Iain Lewers are the other two members of the squad that were not part of England’s 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships squad.

England's men celebrate after winning the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Amstelveen, Netherlands, 30 August 2009Speaking about the team’s ambition going into the tournament, Lee said: “However unexpected our 2009 European victory was for people outside our group, we aim to win it again and we feel that we have the ability to do just that. 

“We think the EuroHockey Nations Championships is a key event on its own, but participation in a major tournament, trying to win it and against world class opposition will be a valuable developmental experience in advance of London 2012.  We want to become accustomed to winning medals.”

The nine day tournament runs from 20-28 August with England drawn in Pool B alongside the Netherlands, France and Ireland.  Pool A consists of the hosts and Olympic Champions Germany, Spain, Belgium and Russia.  England’s opening match comes on day two of the tournament, against Ireland, before facing the Netherlands and France.  

In preparation for their European campaign, England will spend time training in Monchengladbach and Terrassa in Spain in early August before returning to Germany for the tournament.

England Hockey Men’s EuroHockey Nations Championships Fixtures

Sunday 21 August 2011 – 09:00 BST – England v Ireland
Monday 22 August 2011 – 18:00 BST – England v Netherlands
Wednesday 24 August 2011 – 12:00 BST – France v England
Friday 26 August 2011 – Pool C Classification Matches & Semi Finals
Sunday 28 August 2011 – Pool C Classification Matches & Medal Matches

England Hockey Men's Squad for EuroHockey Nations Championships 2011

Name (Club) [Position] England Caps/England Goals - GB Caps/GB Goals - Age
Richard Alexander (Surbiton) [Defender/Midfielder/Forward] 123/11 - 46/5 - 29
Nick Brothers (Reading) [Goalkeeper] 28/0 - 7/0 - 27
Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students) [Forward] 38/3 - 7/1 - 22
Jonty Clarke (Reading) [Forward] 133/28 - 40/11 - 30
Matt Daly (Surbiton) [Forward] 88/40 - 41/12 - 28
Adam Dixon (Beeston) [Defender/Midfielder] 51/1 - 12/0 - 24
James Fair (Cannock) [Goalkeeper] 80/0 - 19/0 - 30
Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead) [Midfielder] 64/44 - 41/13 - 23
Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead) [Midfielder] 138/7 - 49/4 - 28
Iain Lewers (Loughborough Students) [Defender] 8/1 - 7/0 - 27
Iain Mackay (Reading) [Midfielder] 56/10 - 12/1 - 26
Richard Mantell (Reading) [Defender] 108/48 - 41/19 - 29
Barry Middleton (c) (Der Club An Der Alster) [Midfielder/Forward] 152/41 - 80/28 - 27
Rob Moore (Wimbledon) [Midfielder/Forward] 142/19 - 63/17 - 30
Mark Pearn (East Grinstead) [Forward] 154/50 - 76/21 - 34
Richard Smith (Loughborough Students) [Defender] 57/6 - 7/3 - 23
James Tindall (Surbiton) [Forward] 119/52 - 46/17 - 28
Alastair Wilson (Beeston) [Defender] 96/6 - 42/0 - 27

EuroHockey Nations Championships in the Media

Hear what James Tindall had to say to the BBC about England's European title defence here.

Relive England's 2009 victory over Germany on the BBC, the Guardian and the Telegraph.

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Richard Alexander - @RATMAN05, @MensHockey2012
Nick Catlin - @nickcatlin8
Jonty Clarke - @JontyClarke
Matt Daly - @MensHockey2012
Adam Dixon - @AdamDixon16
James Fair - @jfair25
Ashley Jackson - @ashleyjackson7
Iain Lewers - @iainlewers
Iain Mackay - IainMackay23
Richard Mantell - RichM6
Rob Moore - @rob13moore
Mark Pearn - @markpearn3
Richard Smith - @RS_smudge
James Tindall - @jimmyt20, @MensHockey2012
Alastair Wilson - @aliwilson17