Mikey Hoare: England's Mr Reliable

Mikey Hoare: England's Mr Reliable

If there is a player you can rely on to perform time and time again, Mikey Hoare is that player. The Wimbledon man has collected close to 100 England and Great Britain caps and has carved himself a reputation as one of the most solid defenders in world hockey. Not flashy, not complicated but a man who does not make mistakes.

Hoare is one of the more reserved members of the squad, but he talks with a quiet authority. The No12 has been pleased with the improvements made against Spain, game he feels England were “controlled and comfortable” in.

Tournament hockey is a punishing schedule with a game every couple of days. It is something Hoare is used to, and he has his ways of coping:

“At times it’s hard to maintain the performance levels. Your body is really tired. It was the same after Commonwealth Games and World Cup last year and it’s the same this year. At the same time though when you pull on an England shirt, there isn’t any better motivation than to give your best for your country. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, you just do your best.” he adds “We haven’t got to the tired stage just yet but when we do the crowd will make a big difference. The atmosphere has been amazing and England Hockey, all the Hockeymakers have done a fantastic job and it’s a great event to be a part of.”

With a bumper home crowd expected and the test of a strong German side on the horizon, Hoare is all too aware of the challenge ahead for his teammate.

“There’s no doubt we’ll have to play well but we need to produce a strong defensive display and we need to take the chances we get. The last few times we’ve played them it’s been close and if a couple of things go our way and we play well who knows what could happen?” he continues “We’ve seen some of their games but we’re focused on ourselves. We know how they play and we’ll be looking at what we can exploit to get that result.”

If England can get past Germany, the incredible atmosphere of a final in front of a home crowd is a tantalising possibility. England’s Mr Reliable allows himself a brief thought, before returning to type very quickly:

“It goes without saying that the final in a home stadium would mean the world to us. It’s the sort of thing you dream about when you’re younger. It’d definitely be a fantastic moment but obviously we aren’t thinking about that yet. We’re thinking about Germany and what we need to do against them.”