Team England reveal Glasgow 2014 squads

Mark Gleghorne and Giselle Ansley named for their first Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014. Photos by Ady Kerry and Frank Uijlenbroek

Commonwealth Games England have today announced the men’s and women’s hockey squads that will compete for Team England at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (23 July – 3 August 2014).

Ten nations will be participating in each of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey competitions at Glasgow 2014. In the preliminary rounds, teams will be split into two pools of five, and then the top two teams in each pool will progress 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 tournament will be played at the new legacy stadium, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Click here to find out more about the event.

England men’s team

Captained by Doncaster born Barry Middleton, the most capped Great Britain and England men’s player of all time, England are looking to improve on their previous two fourth place finishes in Delhi [2010] and Melbourne [2006].

Included in the squad is Beeston’s Tim Whiteman who is recovering well from a broken thumb which he suffered at the Hockey World Cup earlier this month. It is hoped he will return to the squad and compete pre-Games.

An addition to the squad is Phil Roper who, with only 21 caps to his name, is the least experienced athlete in the squad, but he impressed Head Coach Bobby Crutchley in two recent Four Nations tournaments, including the one played at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre back in April.

There are nine Commonwealth Games debutants named in the squad, but with the likes of George Pinner, Iain Lewers, Dan Fox and Mark Gleghorne included in that number England certainly have some good experience to call upon.

England Captain Barry Middleton, playing in his third Commonwealth Games said: “I’m really excited for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 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.”

Commonwealth Games debutant Mark Gleghorne said: "I'm delighted to be selected for the Commonwealth Games. It's my first multi-sport event so I'm really looking forward to the experience and competing in such an environment. Hopefully we can produce the type of performances that will make it a successful and enjoyable Games."

England women’s team

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh will be competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games when she steps out onto the turf in Glasgow. With 321 international caps to her name the Manchester born athlete is England’s most experienced squad member and has captained her side for over a decade. She has already announced that this is likely to be her final tournament before retiring.

After finishing 11th at the recent Hockey World Cup, the team sees a couple of changes to the line-up. Giselle Ansley comes back into the squad and Holcombe’s Lucy Wood is selected fresh off the back of a number of impressive appearances for the England Development Squad and in recent test matches against Wales where she scored four times.

Ten of the 16 selected athletes 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.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “It is always a pleasure and an honour to represent your country at a Commonwealth Games. 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.”

Commonwealth Games debutant Giselle Ansley said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected for the Commonwealth Games. For me, missing out on playing at the World Cup was devastating but we are a strong group and I know we can put in some strong performances up in Glasgow.”

“We still have four weeks of training to go in preparation, as well as the Investec London Cup, which is going to be a great experience for us as we build towards Games time.”

Hockey Team Leader Danny Kerry said: “I’m excited about the two teams we are bringing to Glasgow 2014; the Commonwealth Games represent one of the highlights of an athletes’ career and I know and understand the importance that all involved place on performing to their best at such a prestigious event.”

Commonwealth Games - men’s hockey squad

Shirt No. - Name - Club

  1. George Pinner - Beeston
  2. Iain Lewers - Holcombe
  3. Dan Fox - Holcombe
  4. Tim Whiteman - Beeston
  5. Barry Middleton - Holcombe
  6. Henry Weir - Wimbledon
  7. Ashley Jackson - East Grinstead
  8. Simon Mantell - Reading
  9. Harry Martin - Beeston
  10. Nick Catlin - Holcombe
  11. Alastair Brogdon - Wimbledon
  12. Michael Hoare - Wimbledon
  13. David Condon - East Grinstead
  14. Phil Roper - Wimbledon
  15. Mark Gleghorne - East Grinstead
  16. Adam Dixon - Beeston

Commonwealth Games - women’s hockey squad

Shirt No. - Name - Club

  1. Maddie Hinch - Holcombe
  2. Giselle Ansley - Surbiton
  3. Sophie Bray - East Grinstead
  4. Laura Unsworth - Holcombe
  5. Lily Owsley - Uni of Birmingham
  6. Zoe Shipperley - Buckingham
  7. Georgie Twigg - Surbiton
  8. Ellie Watton - Beeston
  9. Susie Townsend - Reading
  10. Susie Gilbert - Reading
  11. Kate Richardson-Walsh - Reading
  12. Hollie Webb - Surbiton
  13. Sam Quek - Reading
  14. Nicola White - Leicester
  15. Alex Danson - Reading
  16. Lucy Wood - Holcombe