ENGLAND WARM UP v SPAIN

England’s Hero Honda FIH World Cup squad will play the first of its warm up matches this weekend ahead of the tournament, which gets underway in Delhi on 28 February.

The squad will face Spain in two official matches in Cadiz in southern Spain on Sunday 24 and Tuesday 26 January and includes both Simon Mantell and James Tindall who are recovering from broken foot injuries.

Coach Jason Lee is waiting on the recovery of both forwards having last week named a 17 man squad for the World Cup, the final place having been held open for either Mantell or Tindall on their return to fitness. 

Neither player is expected to play a major part in the Spanish matches but both have been included on the trip as part of their rehabilitation.

Eight of the squad will be flying out to Spain on the back of their EuroHockey Indoor Nations Trophy victory in Poznan last weekend.  Richard Alexander, Nick Brothers, Jonty Clarke, Adam Dixon, Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham, Richard Mantell and Richard Smith were all part of the squad that won gold in Poland, securing promotion to the top tier of European indoor hockey and with it a place at the 2011 Indoor World Cup, also being held in Poznan next February.

There was further reason for English celebration with Reading goalkeeper Nick Brothers voted Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Ashley Jackson voted Player of the Tournament.

After completing its European preparation in Spain, Lee’s squad departs for its pre-World Cup camp in Doha, Qatar on 18 February.

Hero Honda FIH World Cup Fixtures v Spain, 24-26 January 2010

Sunday 24 January 2010 - 1200 hrs - 1100 hrs - Spain v England
Tuesday 26 January 2010 - 1130 hrs - 1030 hrs - Spain v England

England squad v Spain, 24-26 January 2010

Name Club Position First Cap Eng Caps Eng Goals Age
Richard Alexander Surbiton D/M/F 13/01/2005 89 8 28
Alastair Brogdon Bowdon F 12/06/2009 14 1 22
Nick Brothers Reading GK 13/01/2005 22   26
Nick Catlin Loughborough Students M/F 28/11/2009 6 1 20
Jonty Clarke Reading F 10/02/2002 107 19 28
Matt Daly Surbiton F 13/01/2005 85 39 26
Adam Dixon Beeston D/M 09/05/2009 24   23
James Fair Cannock GK 15/01/2005 52   29
Ben Hawes Surbiton D 14/06/2002 101 24 29
Ashley Jackson HGC M 28/11/2006 39 27 22
Glenn Kirkham East Grinstead M 07/04/2003 107 5 27
Iain Mackay Reading M 09/05/2009 24 4 24
Richard Mantell Reading D 10/02/2003 84 42 28
Simon Mantell Reading F 09/11/2005 58 24 25
Barry Middleton (c) HGC M/F 07/04/2003 124 31 26
Rob Moore Surbiton M/F 10/02/2003 109 14 28
Richard Smith Loughborough Students D 09/05/2009 25 3 22
James Tindall Surbiton F 13/01/2005 90 39 26
Alastair Wilson Beeston D 13/01/2005 67 5 26