Hero Honda FIH World Cup Squad Named

Both Mantell and Tindall are currently undergoing treatment for broken feet but with Lee keen to include one of the pair in his squad they will be given as long as possible to prove their fitness in time for the tournament, which gets underway on Sunday 28 February.
 
The squad is largely unchanged from that which won the EuroHockey Nations Championships in August 2009 with Loughborough Students’ Nick Catlin the only addition to that group.  England's Nick CatlinHis excellent performances for England U21s and during his senior England debut at the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne in December have earned him his World Cup call up at the age of 20.
 
Forward Matt Daly has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Champions Trophy while experienced defender Ben Hawes returns to the side having missed the Champions Trophy as Lee offered the development opportunity to his younger players.
 
Explaining the situation surrounding the 18th position, Lee said: “The final position will be filled towards the end of February as we wait for the recovery of James Tindall and Simon Mantell.  James broke his foot during the Champions Trophy and Simon during an England Hockey League Men’s Premier Division match.  It is a great pity that these two have sustained their injuries at this time, especially given that they have been consistent performers for England and Great Britain over the past few years. 
 
“It is our preference that one of them will fill the last place given their previously high performance standards.  We will be giving both of them as much time as possible to gain an appropriate fitness level, although neither of them will have played much hockey before the start of the World Cup.”
 
Richard Alexander (left), Richard Mantell (centre) and Adam Dixon (right) celebrate England's fourth goal against Korea at the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne, December 2009Prior to departing for the team’s preparation camp in Qatar midway through February, Lee will take his team to Cadiz to take on Spain later this month before returning to Spain in early February to face the Netherlands, although those matches will be uncapped and take place behind closed doors.
 
Speaking about the squad’s preparation for Delhi, Lee said he is pleased with how England’s players have used the indoor season to boost their outdoor skills and fitness levels.  “The winter conditions will be making it difficult for the players to progress their physical conditioning effectively at the moment,” said Lee.  “Luckily, we had already decided to concentrate on indoor hockey at this time of the year and the players have been performing excellently indoors.  Hopefully the England indoor team, containing eight of players picked for the World Cup, will continue their good form at this weekend’s EuroHockey Indoor Nations Trophy.”
 
England will play in World Cup Pool B where they have been drawn against two of the world’s top three teams as well as fierce Asian rivals India and Pakistan. England (ranked sixth in the world) will face 2009 Champions Trophy winners Australia (ranked second) on the opening day and South Africa (13th) two days later before their Asian double header against Pakistan (seventh) on Thursday 4 March and India (12th) on Saturday 6 March.  Spain (third) round off England’s Pool fixtures on Monday 8 March.
 
England’s World Cup Warm-up Matches v Spain, Cadiz

Sunday 24 January 2010 (time to be confirmed)
Tuesday 26 January 2010 (time to be confirmed)
 
England Men’s Squad for Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010
Delhi, India  28 February – 13 March 2010

Name

Club

Position

First Cap

Eng Caps

Eng Goals

Age

Richard Alexander

Surbiton

Defender / Midfielder / Forward

13/01/2005

89

8

28

Alastair Brogdon

Bowdon

Forward

12/06/2009

14

1

22

Nick Brothers

Reading

Goalkeeper

13/01/2005

22

 

26

Nick Catlin

Loughborough Students

Midfielder / Forward

28/11/2009

6

1

20

Jonty Clarke

Reading

Forward

10/02/2002

107

19

28

Matt Daly

Surbiton

Forward

13/01/2005

85

39

26

Adam Dixon

Beeston

Defender / Midfielder

09/05/2009

24

 

23

James Fair

Cannock

Goalkeeper

15/01/2005

52

 

29

Ben Hawes

Surbiton

Defender

14/06/2002

101

24

29

Ashley Jackson

HGC

Midfielder

28/11/2006

39

27

22

Glenn Kirkham

East Grinstead

Midfielder

07/04/2003

107

5

27

Iain Mackay

Reading

Midfielder

09/05/2009

24

4

24

Richard Mantell

Reading

Defender

10/02/2003

84

42

28

Barry Middleton

HGC

Midfielder / Forward

07/04/2003

124

31

26

Rob Moore

Surbiton

Midfielder / Forward

10/02/2003

109

14

28

Richard Smith

Loughborough Students

Defender

09/05/2009

25

3

22

Alastair Wilson

Beeston

Defender

13/01/2005

67

5

26

Plus one of the following two players to be included as the 18th squad member in late February depending on fitness tests.

Simon Mantell

Reading

Forward

09/11/2005

58

24

25

James Tindall

Surbiton

Forward

13/01/2005

90

39

26


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Delhi, India 28 February – 13 March 2010