The Investec London Cup - Ones to Watch - Men

140602 ENG IND 20 Mark Gleghorne - Photo by Ady Kerry

There's just one week left to go until the Investec London Cup hits Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. While there will be a wealth of talent on show in every team that's taking part, we've picked out four players from the men's squads we think you should look out for. 

From 9-13 July, eight national teams will be battling it out at the new Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre for the Investec London Cup. Eight teams means 144 players could appear on the pitch during the week, so we've narrowed it down to one player per team who we think will impress over the course of the week.

England - Mark Gleghorne

Mark Gleghorne, 29, repeatedly came close to increasing his goal tally at the recent World Cup where he put one away against both India and Malaysia. He's a tough and hard working forward, and his penalty corners are something to watch out for – that’s how he scored against India and he’ll likely score again at the Investec London Cup.

Ireland - Tim Cockram

Tim Cockram, 30, has been playing hockey since he was four years old, and has been part of Ireland’s squad since 2004. He’s just gone past his ten year anniversary with 161 caps for the squad, and he’ll be looking for a repeat of his three-goal high-score gained at Ireland’s recent Four Nations tournament in Spain.

Scotland - Kenny Bain

Kenny Bain, 24, has lived in the Netherlands for the last four years, playing for Hurley and coaching at Naarden, and he’s likely picked up a trick or two during his time in one of the greatest hockey nations in the world that he’ll want to show off on the pitch in London. As he scored two goals at the Four Nations tournament that took place in Glasgow earlier this year, he's considered one of the main goal threats for Scotland.

South Africa - Austin Smith

Austin Smith, South Africa Captain at 26 years old, is one of the most well known South African players and for good reason. Debuting in 2004, he’s gained 74 caps and scored 16 international goals since then and he’ll want to increase his tally at the Investec London Cup. He’s also the current South Africa Men’s Player of the Year.

To read about our women's ones to watch, click here.

The Investec London Cup is the first event to be hosted on England Hockey's new Olympic legacy venue, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. England's Men and Women will be playing against South Africa, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and with tickets from just £1 for U18s it'll be a great summer day out for the whole family!