Great Britain squad for Nations Cup announced

Great Britain's Mark Gleghorne in action against Germany's Martin Zwicker - credit World Sport Pics

Great Britain Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 athletes ahead of the showdown against Germany tomorrow night. The final 18 athletes will be selected tomorrow to face the world number three side as they head back to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the first time since winning gold at London 2012. The event is set to have an electric atmosphere as a maximum capacity crowd of 3000 will head to the new home of hockey at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Quotes – Great Britain Head Coach Bobby Crutchley.

Speaking ahead of the game tomorrow night Head Coach Crutchley said:

“It’s a great opportunity to play against Germany in front of a sell-out home crowd on [Queen Elizabeth] Olympic Park as we continue our preparations for the World League Semi Final in June. We played Germany last month in Mannheim and that game finished in a draw [2-2] and I’m sure this will be another close encounter against a quality opponent. Both teams [Great Britain and Germany] have a really busy summer ahead and for Germany I think they will be looking forward to the chance to play at Lee Valley [Hockey and Tennis Centre] ahead of the EuroHockey Championships in August.”

“It’s so important to play these one off internationals in front of crowds as we head into a summer of big tournaments; it’s great experience for the younger members of the squad and it’s really exciting for the whole squad to see these one off internationals proving to be so popular with the public and we’ll have a real home advantage with 3000 fans cheering us on.”

The squad

The Great Britain squad contains four athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games; defender Iain Lewers and midfield maestros Harry Martin, Ashley Jackson and skipper Barry Middleton. Dan Fox and Nick Catlin, who were also members of the London 2012 team, which finished fourth, are sidelined through injury, along with Phil Roper.

Richard Smith and Simon Mantell are also not in contention at this time as they continue to recover from long term injuries. 16 of the 20 athletes named by Crutchley were part of the team who played out a 2-2 draw when the sides met in Mannheim last month.

Barry Middleton and David Condon netted for Great Britain on that occasion with Tobias Matania and Pilt Arnold on target for the Germans. Scotland duo Chris Grassick and Gordon McIntyre made that trip and bring a significant amount of experience to the squad having represented their home nation 80 and 63 times respectively.

Germany squad

The squad Germany have brought for the Nations Cup contains seven members of the London 2012 Olympic Gold medal winning side, Moritz Furste, Tobias Hauke, Jan Philipp Rabente, Christopher Zeller, Florian Fuchs, Christopher Wesley and Oskar Deecke. Nicolas Jacobi and Linus Butt were the two reserves. Keep an eye out for Number 14 Rabente, who scored both goals in the final. The squad also contains two former FIH World Players of the Year (Furste and Hauke) and four former FIH World Young Players of the Year (Ruhr, Fuchs, Hauke and Zeller.)

Nations Cup - Great Britain squad v Germany

Name Club
James Bailey Wimbledon
Alastair Brogdon Wimbledon
Tom Carson Reading
David Condon East Grinstead
Adam Dixon Beeston
Mark Gleghorne East Grinstead
Chris Grassick Surbiton
Chris Griffiths East Grinstead
Mikey Hoare Wimbledon
Ashley Jackson East Grinstead
Iain Lewers Holcombe
Harry Martin Beeston
Gordon McIntyre Beeston
Barry Middleton Holcombe
George Pinner Holcombe
Dan Shingles Reading
Sam Ward Beeston
Henry Weir Wimbledon
Tim Whiteman Beeston
Ollie Willars Beeston