England men in Glasgow for Four Nations tournament

Wimbledon's Phil Roper in England action

As the England men’s team continue their World Cup preparations they have travelled to Glasgow for a Four Nations tournament against Argentina, Belgium and Scotland.

The event, which is being hosted by Scottish Hockey as part of their Commonwealth Games preparations, will run from 25-29 April and all matches will be played at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre - the venue for hockey during games time. All of the matches will be streamed live on the FIH youtube page.

England men’s head coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad of 18 who will face World Cup sides Argentina and Belgium and hosts Scotland. The squad sees little change from the team which beat Ireland 3-0 earlier this month in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, however Beeston’s Adam Dixon has been sidelined with an ankle injury which he suffered playing for his club in the Euro Hockey League last week. Crutchley has also brought Reading’s James Bailey back into the fold as reserve goalkeeper and with 10 caps already to his name Wimbledon’s Phil Roper gets a call up after continuing to impress on the training ground back at Bisham Abbey.

England captain Barry Middleton will receive his 300th combined [England & GB] cap when he steps out against Argentina on Friday evening.

Speaking ahead of the tournament Crutchley said, “This Four Nations tournament will give us a chance to test ourselves against other World Cup contenders [Belgium and Argentina] and will help us to gauge what progress we have made since we last played these sides. 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.”

The Four Nations matches will all be capped and match reports, including quotes, will be sent out following England’s matches; all results, squad information etc can also be found here.

Please note: there will be training matches played outside of the tournament schedule, however these will be uncapped and no reports will be sent out.

Four Nations squad – Name (Club)

James Bailey (Reading)
Alastair Brogdon (Wimbledon)
Tom Carson (Reading)
Nick Catlin (Reading)
David Condon (East Grinstead)
Dan Fox (Holcombe)
Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead)
Michael Hoare (Wimbledon)
Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead)
Iain Lewers (East Grinstead)
Simon Mantell (Reading)
Harry Martin (Beeston)
Barry Middleton (Holcombe)
George Pinner (Beeston)
Phil Roper (Wimbledon)
Dan Shingles (Reading)
Tim Whiteman (Beeston)
Ollie Willars (Beeston)

Four Nations match schedule

Friday 25 April

1700 - England v Argentina
1900 - Belgium v Scotland

Saturday 26 April

1500 - England v Scotland
1700 - Argentina v Belgium

Monday 28 April

0900 - Scotland v Argentina
1100 - Belgium v England

Tuesday 29 April

0900 - 3rd v 4th
1100 - 1st v 2nd