Keegan names Women's U21 squad for Junior World Cup

England U21s Women 2016

Craig Keegan, Head Coach of the England Women’s U21s has named the squad to compete in the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile.

The competition which starts on 24 November and runs until the final on 4 December pits the 16 best women’s U21 teams in the world against each other.

England have been drawn in Pool C and will open their campaign on 24 November against hosts, Chile. They then take on Australia on 26 November before their final pool match against South Africa on 28 November.

The group contains a number of the athletes who recently competed at the 5 Nations Tournament in Valencia. Nine of the squad come from University of Birmingham with Beeston and Loughborough Students supplying two athletes apiece.

Keegan told England Hockey:

“We’re taking a very talented team. It is a very young team but what we lack in experience we make up for in the ability this group has.”

“We are aiming to teach the players what it takes to compete at international level and a tournament of this prestige and this quality is the perfect place to do that. We want to compete and we are aiming to get to the quarter finals. After that, who knows what might happen? It’s a great chance to test the players and get them ready for what it might be like if they make it to senior international level.”

The players selected are listed below along with their clubs:

Esme Burge (Beeston)
Alicia Caillard  (Birmingham University)
Charlotte Calnan (Surbiton)
Meg Crowson (Exeter University)
Charlotte Daly (Loughborough Students)
Holly Hunt (Birmingham University)
Kathryn Lane (Leicester)
Lydia Macdonell (Birmingham University)
Harriet Mitchell (Birmingham University)
Holly Munro (Birmingham University)
Lizzie Neal (Canterbury)
Olivia Paige (Birmingham University)
Miriam Pritchard (GK) (Oxford Hawks)
Ellie Rayer (Loughborough Students)
Erica Sanders (Birmingham University)
Katherine Somerville (GK) (Birmingham University)
Eloise Stenner (Beeston)
Alice Wills (Birmingham University)

Support Staff
Craig Keegan      Head Coach
Colin Clarke        Assistant Coach
Gareth Weaver-Tyler     Assistant Coach
Sam Beveridge  Team Manager
Lynn Booth         Physiotherapist

For all the fixtures, results and other information on the competition click here.