Bobby Crutchley announces Great Britain squad for World League

Ashley Jackson in action for Great Britain 2015

Great Britain Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 18 athletes ahead of the World League Semi-Final in Antwerp from 20 June- 5 July 2015.

Great Britain take on Australia in a two-test warm up series before heading to Belgium for the World League Semi-Final. At the tournament they will play European rivals and hosts Belgium in their opening pool game before facing Ireland, China and Malaysia to complete the group phase of the competition, with a place in the World League Final as well as Olympic Qualification up for grabs.

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Great Britain squad – FIH world number 5

The Great Britain squad contains 14 athletes who competed at the Champions Trophy in December 2014; there are four changes to the group who finished seventh in the competition in Bhubaneshwar. The players to come in are Beeston’s David Ames who made his debut against Argentina after serving the qualifying period to become eligible for Great Britain, Harry Martin, who missed the Champions Trophy through injury, Wimbledon goalkeeper James Bailey and Reading’s Dan Shingles.

The players to miss out who travelled to the Champions Trophy are Ollie Willars, Paddy Smith, Tim Whiteman and Tom Carson.

Depending on the players selected for the two-test series against Australia June 13 and 15, there are a number of milestones on the horizon for the squad. Ashley Jackson’s 200th international cap will come in his next appearance as he currently has 199 to his name. Holcombe’s Iain Lewers has reached 45 Great Britain caps and is set to pass the 50 mark, whilst Harry Martin, currently on 42 Great Britain caps could reach 50 if he plays in the Australia game and then features in each of the games at the World League. Similar to Martin, Captain Barry Middleton could reach 350 combined international caps, as he currently has 342.

Quotes – Great Britain Head Coach Bobby Crutchley:

“I’m pleased with the way the squad has come together. There were some difficult decisions as the group is a little stronger than it has been in the past. A few players picked up injuries at the wrong time which impacted their chances of being picked, that is always disappointing but the squad’s trained well and we’re in pretty good shape.

Hopefully the matches against Australia will prepare us for the challenges ahead but we’re looking forward to it and looking forward to building on our previous performances.”

On the inclusion of David Ames for his first tournament for Great Britain:

“David’s trained with us for a while so he’s settled in nicely. He’s rarely flustered so he’s been very impressive in that respect but it’ll be a big tournament for him. He’s a quality player and it certainly makes us stronger having him in the squad.”

On Dan Shingles’ return from injury:

“Dan’s played well. Historically he’s struggled with injuries but he’s had a decent block of training and his performances have improved and been consistently high. A number of players are unlucky to miss out but Dan was one who made a strong case for himself after some good training.”

On Olympic qualification:

“You try to ignore it but you can’t because Olympic qualification is so important. This tournament is massive for us because the Europeans will be such a difficult competition to win. You can’t really rely on your continental championships so we’ve faced up to the fact that there’ll be pressure especially in the quarter finals. We have to be prepared to perform well. To give yourself the best chance of doing that you have to build momentum throughout the tournament. We have to play well in our group games and then that quarter final is a crunch match. If we can win that we are almost certain to be in the Olympics. If we don’t, we have a big task to find a way through.”

World League Semi-Final - Great Britain squad

Name         Club

David Ames, Beeston

James Bailey, Wimbledon

Alastair Brogdon, Wimbledon

Nick Catlin, Holcombe

David Condon, East Grinstead

Adam Dixon, Beeston

Dan Fox, Holcombe

Mark Gleghorne, East Grinstead

Chris Griffiths, East Grinstead

Michael Hoare, Wimbledon

Ashley Jackson, East Grinstead

Iain Lewers, Holcombe

Harry Martin, Beeston

Barry Middleton, Holcombe

George Pinner, Holcombe

Dan Shingles, Reading

Sam Ward, Beeston

Henry Weir, Wimbledon

If you'd like to see Great Britain at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as they face World Champions Australia on 13 June you can still buy tickets. This one-off international is the last chance to see Great Britain men on home soil this summer. For further information including how to buy tickets click here.