Record English Representation in World All Star Team

Exceptional performances from the men’s and women’s England Hockey teams in 2010 have resulted in six English athletes and a coach being named by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in its 2010 All Star teams.

The teams, which feature a total of 36 players and four coaches who have lit up the hockey world with their achievements over the past 12 months, have been compiled using the recommendations and opinions of hockey experts from across the globe including players, officials, coaches and journalists.

Helen Richardson and Crista Cullen roar England on during their win over China at the 2010 Samsung FIH Champions TrophyJust over a year and half before they hope to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games in London, the seven All Stars signify the largest English contingent in a single year since the FIH began its All Star listing five years ago.

Reading's Helen Richardson (pictured in middle of photo), the GB Hockey Athlete of the Year, Leicester's Crista Cullen (pictured on right of photo) and Reading goalkeeper Beth Storry have been recognised for an excellent year in which they helped England to first ever medals at the Champions Trophy in Nottingham and the World Cup in Argentina before winning their third bronze medals of the year at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. 

Danny Kerry, the England women's head coach, answers questions during a press conferenceTheir coach Danny Kerry (right), who has masterminded the team’s ascent to fifth in the world, was recognised as one of two outstanding coaches of women’s teams in 2010, alongside Argentina’s World Cup and Champions Trophy winning coach Carlos Retegui. 

For Cullen, it is an exciting return to the All Stars after recognition in 2006 and 2007 while Richardson appears for the second consecutive year.  For Storry (below), who was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the Champions Trophy and the World Cup, it caps a memorable year that has seen her rise to stake her claim as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.

Beth Storry, England goalkeeper, makes a save from a penalty corner during the BDO FIH World Cup 2010 in Rosario, Argentina (c) Grant Treeby Images

The outstanding performances of England’s men were also recognised following fourth place at the World Cup – their best finish since 1986 – and a silver medal at the Champions Trophy.  Following the team’s rise to fourth in the world rankings, Captain Barry Middleton, East Grinstead midfielder Ashley Jackson (below middle), the World Player of the Year for 2009, and Cannock goalkeeper James Fair have all been named in the men’s 2010 All Star team. 

Ashley Jackson celebrates after scoring for England against Australia at the 2010 FIH Hero Honda World Cup in Delhi, India (c) Grant Treeby Images

Middleton’s appearance for a third consecutive year illustrates the high regard in which the 26-year-old from Doncaster is held across world hockey.  For Jackson, 2010 marks a second consecutive year as an All Star while it is Fair’s (below) first appearance.

David Faulkner, Performance Director, said it was “deserved recognition for the year that both the senior men’s and women’s teams have had.”

Goalkeeper James Fair makes a save during the Men's Champions Trophy while Glenn Kirkham watches on at the penalty corner (c)

England’s men are currently preparing for a first ever appearance at the FIH Indoor World Cup, which takes place in Poznan, Poland, from 8-13 February 2011.  Jackson and Middleton are currently playing for East Grinstead in the super sixes National Indoor Hockey Championships where they are competing for a place at the 2011 super sixes Finals at Wembley Arena on Sunday 30 January.  Beth Storry is also playing in the super sixes National Indoor Hockey Championships and is hoping to reach the Finals at Wembley Arena for the first time with Reading.

The following players were selected for the 2010 FIH All Star Teams.

FIH All Stars 2010 – Women:
Name, Nation & FIH All Star Record
Luciana Aymar   (ARG)  -  2006,  2007,   2008,   2009  &  2010
Soledad Garcia  (ARG)  -  2010
Noel Barrionuevo  (ARG)  -  2009  &  2010
Carla Rebecchi  (ARG)  -  2008  &  2010
Casey Eastham   (AUS)  2009  &  2010
Madonna Blyth  (AUS)  -  2007,  2009  &  2010
Fu Baorong   (CHN)  -  2006,  2008,  2009  &  2010
Zhao  Yudiao  (CHN)  -  2010
Helen Richardson  (ENG)  -  2009  &  2010
Rani Rampal  (IND)  -  2010
Beth Storry   (ENG) -  2010
Crista Cullen  (ENG)  -  2006,  2007  &  2010
Natascha Keller  (GER)  -  2006,  2008,  2009  &  2010
Maartje Paumen  (NED)  -   2008,  2009  &  2010
Naomi van As  (NED)  -  2008,  2009  &  2010
Marsha Marescia  (RSA)  -  2007,  2009  &  2010
Joyce Sombroek  (NED)  -  2010
Kayla Sharland  (NZL)  –  2010
Carlos Retegui  (ARG - Coach)  -  2009  &  2010
Danny Kerry  (ENG – Coach)  –  2010

English All Stars caps and goals records
Crista Cullen: England 82 caps (21 goals); Great Britain 54 caps (14 goals)
Helen Richardson: England 135 (19); Great Britain 63 (3)
Beth Storry: England 58 (0); Great Britain 23 (0)

FIH All Stars 2010 - Men:
Name, Nation & FIH All Star Record
Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring for England at the Hero Honda FIH Men's World Cup in Delhi, India (c) Grant Treeby ImagesJamie Dwyer  (AUS)  -  2006,  2007,  2008,  2009  &  2010
Ashley Jackson  (ENG)  -  2009  &  2010
Rehan Butt  (PAK)  -  2008  &  2010
Barry Middleton  (ENG) (pictured right) -  2008,  2009  &  2010
David Alegre  (ESP)  -  2010
Des Abbott  (AUS)  -  2010
Eddie Ockenden  (AUS)  -  2008,  2009  &  2010
Guus Vogels   (NED)  -  2007,  2008  &  2010
James Fair   (ENG)  -  2010
Jong Ho Seo  (KOR)  -   2007,  2008,  2009  &  2010
Lucas Villa  (ARG)  -  2010
Matthias Witthaus  (GER)  -  2007,  2008  &  2010
Max Müller  (GER)  -  2009  &  2010
Moritz Fürste   (GER)  -  2007,  2009  &  2010
Nick Wilson  (NZL)  -  2010
Sardar Singh  (IND)  -  2010
Teun de Nooijer  (NED)  -  2006,  2007,  2008,  2009  &  2010
Tobias Hauke  (GER)  -  2010
Ric Charlesworth  (AUS - Coach)  –  2009  &  2010
Markus Weise  (GER - Coach) –  2008,  2009  &  2010

English All Stars caps and goals records
James Fair: England 75 caps (0 goals); Great Britain 16 caps (0 goals)
Ashley Jackson: England 64 (44); Great Britain 41 (13)
Barry Middleton: England 143 (34); Great Britain 80 (28)

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