England squads named for upcoming EuroHockey Championships

Giselle Ansley and Ian Sloan
England have named their men's and women's squads for this month's EuroHockey Championships in Belgium.

For the men, five players will play in their first ever European Championships, with Zach Wallace the youngest member of the squad at only 19. Vastly experienced Adam Dixon captains England for the first time in a major tournament, and Ashley Jackson plays a competition of this nature for the first time since the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The women welcome back Shona McCallin for her first major international event since 2017, and it is Mark Hager's first full run at a major tournament, having joined as Head Coach right at the start of Great Britain's FIH Pro League campaign earlier in the year. Having just turned 19, Izzy Petter is the youngest member of the women's squad.

This competition serves as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020, and if either of our teams win this tournament, it means their Great Britain counterparts will qualify for next year's Olympics. If they do not win this tournament, GB will play in a two-legged winner-take-all qualifier at home in November of this year. A good performance in these Euros will have an impact on world ranking points, which would in turn play a part in which opposition GB would face in the Olympic Qualifiers. The GB women do not automatically qualify as reigning champions.

Men's squad:
David Ames (Holcombe)
Will Calnan (Hampstead & Westminster)
Brendan Creed (Surbiton)
Adam Dixon (C) (Beeston)
James Gall (Surbiton)
Harry Gibson (GK) (Surbiton)
Chris Griffiths (East Grinstead)
Ashley Jackson (Old Georgians)
Harry Martin (Hampstead & Westminster)
George Pinner (GK) (Old Georgians)
Phil Roper (Wimbledon)
Ian Sloan (Wimbledon)
Tom Sorsby (Surbiton)
Zach Wallace (Surbiton)
Jack Waller (Wimbledon)
Sam Ward (Old Georgians)
Henry Weir (Wimbledon)
Ollie Willars (Beeston)

Women's squad:
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton)
Grace Balsdon (Hampstead & Westminster)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton)
Sarah Evans (Surbiton)
Maddie Hinch (GK) (SCHC)
Tess Howard (Durham University)
Jo Hunter (Surbiton)
Shona McCallin (Holcombe)
Hannah Martin (Surbiton)
Lily Owsley (Hampstead & Westminster)
Hollie Pearne-Webb (C) (Surbiton)
Izzy Petter (Surbiton)
Suzy Petty (Wimbledon)
Ellie Rayer (East Grinstead)
Amy Tennant (Reading)
Anna Toman (Wimbledon)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead)

Men's Head Coach Danny Kerry said, "Following a good preparatory trip in Barcelona we’ve selected a squad that we feel is the best blend for our play and the demands of the tournament. The Euros represent a very high standard tournament and we look forward to the challenges that it will present. We’re not in the business of making predictions but in the business of preparing and performing, so we’re excited to get going."

Women's Head Coach Mark Hager commented, "We're excited about the tournament and looking forward to the challenge. It's my first opportunity with the group for a tournament like this. We looked to select an experienced group and we've got also Suzy Petty and Ellie Rayer back after they missed the trip to Japan. That trip gave us the opportunity to play a number of games in a short space of time which is good preparation for the Euros. We want to do well in the tournament, of course Olympic qualification is also on the mind of every team and there are lots of very capable sides who will feel the same."

Men's fixtures:
England vs Wales: Sat 17 Aug, 10:15am
England vs Belgium: Sun 18 Aug, 5pm
England vs Spain: Tue 20 Aug, 12:30pm
Semi Finals: Thu 22 Aug
Final: Sat 24 Aug

Women's fixtures:
England vs Ireland: Sun 18 Aug, 10:15am
England vs Germany: Mon 19 Aug, 12:30pm
England vs Belarus: Wed 21 Aug, 9am
Semi Finals: Fri 23 Aug
Final: Sun 25 Aug

We anticipate an update shortly on where the tournament will be broadcast in the UK. Supporters can of course follow updates from all matches on @EnglandHockey social media channels.

Hockey at home
After the potential Olympic Qualifiers, the next international hockey in England will see Great Britain take part in the FIH Pro League in 2020, with four big weekends of hockey in May and June next year.

Pick up a stick
If you're inspired to play the sport, look for our club's HockeyFest events starting at the end of August, or Back to Hockey sessions near you.