Get the low-down on the teams and stars heading to London!

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The Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup edges closer and closer with the world's best teams heading to London to battle it out for Hockey's biggest prize.

With all squads now released excitement continues to build with the world's most exciting and skilful players ready to showcase their talents at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

We've taken a closer look at what to expect from some of the countries descending on London in just under two weeks time!

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Netherlands -
World Ranking: #1 
Head Coach: Alyson Annan
Top Scorer: Lidewij Welten 65 goals
The Dutch will head into the tournament full of confidence as the number one side in the world and as reigning champions after their win on home soil back in 2014. Head coach Annan has plenty of World Cup experience from her playing days winning twice with Australia in 1994 and 1998. Can she win a third title this time as a coach?

England –
World Ranking: #2
Head Coach: Danny Kerry
Captain: Alex Danson
Tournament hosts England boast a good balance of youth and experience in their ranks and will be roared on by packed stands and a vocal home support. They took bronze most recently at the Commonwealth Games and will be hoping to repeat previous successes on home soil, winning gold at the 2015 European Championships in London.

Argentina –
World Ranking: #3
Head Coach: Agustin Corradini
Top Scorer: Noel Barrionuevo
Argentina have won medals at the last four editions of the World Cup winning gold in 2002 and 2010 on home soil. With world class players all over the pitch they are always entertaining to watch with the attacking talents of Maria Jose Granatto and Delfina Merino. 

New Zealand –
World Ranking: #4
Head Coach: Mark Hager
Top Scorer: Anita McLaren nee Punt
The Black Sticks are very much on the up regularly claiming major medals most recently taking gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Fiercely competitive this spirit has seen them rise to 5th in the world, climbing above Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the process. The two sides meet in pool D in one game that is not to be missed!

Australia –
World Ranking: #5
Head Coach: Paul Gaudoin 
Top Scorer: Jodie Kenny
Australia are still on the hunt for their third World Cup title after two silver medals in 2006 and 2014. There has been a lot of change within the squad at the start of this Olympic cycle but Jodie Kenny remains and with over 100 international goals the defender oozes star quality.  

Germany –
World Ranking: #6
Head Coach: Xavier Reckinger
Captain: Janne Muller-Wieland 
Germany have failed to medal at the World Cup since 1998 but will enter this tournament with confidence and a young and talented squad. Ones to watch include Nike Lorenz who is a constant threat from penalty corners while captain Muller-Wieland is incredibly experienced with over 250 international caps.

USA –
World Ranking: #7
Head Coach: Janneke Schopman
Captain: Melissa Gonzalez 
The United States continue to improve and compete on the international stage and will hope they can once again make a big impression at a World Cup. Finishing in fourth in 2014 was a great achievement and with one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Jackie Briggs and stars Melissa Gonzalez and Michelle Vitesse they will be a side to keep your eyes out for.

India –
World Ranking: #10
Head Coach: Sjoerd Marijne
Top Scorer: Rani Rampal
India return to the World Cup stage after missing out on the 2014 edition and excitement is high. Led by captain and goal machine Rani, all eyes will be on their star player. Having stormed onto the international scene aged just 15, she has remained one to watch ever since!