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Bray returns to England side for World League final

[img_assist|nid=8471|title=Back after injury|desc=Sophie Bray (left) – photo: Andy Smith|link=node|align=left|width=220|height=133]England have named their squad of 18 players for the World League final in Argentina, November 30 – December 8.

The squad contains only one change from that which brought home a European silver medal this summer.

After recovering from a thumb injury, which kept her out of the European squad, forward Sophie Bray has been recalled.

Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft is the athlete who misses out on this occasion. Sally Walton is also named in the squad, after recovering from ligament damage to her ankle during the semi-final of the EuroHockey Nations Championships.

England coach Jason Lee said: “The squad is largely unchanged from that which competed at the Investec World League Semi Final and the Europeans during the summer where the group performed really well, gaining silvers on both occasions. There is certainly a lot of competition for places from the wider squad so the selection was extremely competitive.

“A number of the players are coming back from injury so we may have to change the selection in the coming weeks if any start to struggle with form or fitness. The squad have been training very hard over recent months and this bodes well for a great showing in Argentina.”

England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh added: “We’re looking forward to continuing the momentum we’ve built throughout 2013 and are excited to take on the world’s best at Argentina Hockey World League Final.”

England have been drawn in pool A, alongside Olympic champions the Netherlands, European champions Germany and world number eight side Korea.

On paper England’s biggest threat will come from the Netherlands. The world number one side will be looking for revenge after the last time they met when England clinched victory via a shootout in the EuroHockey Nations Championships semi-final.

Following the victory they met fellow pool A rivals Germany who they agonisingly lost to in a shootout in the final. England’s other opponents, Korea, might be the lowest ranked side in the pool, but after finishing third in their World League Semi Final with a victory over number three side New Zealand, they are sure to be no push-over.

In the other pool, hosts Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and China will battle it out for top spot to ensure a favourable Quarter-Final match against pool A opponents.

England play in the opening match of the Argentina Hockey World League Final against Korea on November 30 at 12noon (UK time). All matches will be streamed live on the FIH YouTube Channel.

Before the Argentina Hockey World League Final, Head Coach Jason Lee will take a Great Britain squad out to Germany from Sunday November 10 – Wednesday November 13 to play three capped matches.

The matches will provide Lee an opportunity to see athletes from the wider training squad, including three from Scotland. The matches will be capped and there will be one press release following the three games. The squad can be seen here, along with the fixtures.

Women’s World Cup 2018 – bid announcement

Before the Argentina Hockey World League Final reaches us the excitement is building ahead of the announcement about who will host the Women’s World Cup 2018. England and New Zealand are the two countries in the running and we will find out who’s been successful on Thursday evening at 19:30 (UK time).

Argentina Hockey World League Final match schedule

Date/Match #

Info

Time (UK)

Teams

Result

Saturday 30 November

1

Pool A

12:00

ENG – KOR

 

2

Pool A

14:30

NED – GER

 

3

Pool B

21:30

NZL – CHN

 

4

Pool B

00:00 (1 Dec)

ARG – AUS

 

Sunday 1 December

5

Pool A

12:00

ENG – NED

 

6

Pool A

14:30

GER – KOR

 

7

Pool B

21:30

AUS – CHN

 

8

Pool B

00:00 (2 Dec)

NZL – ARG

 

Monday 2 December

Rest Day

Tuesday 3 December

9

Pool A

12:00

NED – KOR

 

10

Pool A

14:30

GER – ENG

 

1

Pool B

21:30

AUS – NZL

 

12

Pool B

00:00 (4 Dec)

ARG – CHN

 

Wednesday 4 December

Rest Day

Thursday 5 December

13

QF1

12:00

1A – 4B

 

14

QF2

14:30

2A – 3B

 

15

QF3

21:30

2B – 3A

 

16

QF4

00:00 (6 Dec)

1B – 4A

 

Friday 6 December

Rest Day

Saturday 7 December

17

5 / 8

12:00

LM13 – LM14

 

18

5 / 8

14:30

LM15 – LM16

 

19

SF1

21:30

WM13 – WM14

 

20

SF2

00:00 (8 Dec)

WM15 – WM16

 

Sunday 8 December

21

7 / 8

12:00

LM17 – LM18

 

22

5 / 6

14:30

WM17 – WM18

 

23

3 / 4

21:30

LM19 – LM20

 

24

Final

00:00 (9 Dec)

WM19 – WM20

 

           

 

England Women’s Squad for the Argentina Hockey World League Final

Name – Current Club – Position

Giselle Ansley – Surbiton – Defender

Ashleigh Ball – Slough – Midfielder

Sophie Bray – MOP (NED) – Forward

Alex Danson – Reading – Forward

Susie Gilbert – Reading – Midfielder

Maddie Hinch – Holcombe – Goalkeeper

Kirsty Mackay – Bowdon Hightown – Goalkeeper

Hannah Macleod – Leicester – Forward

Lily Owsley – University of Birmingham – Forward

Sam Quek – Reading – Defender

Helen Richardson-Walsh   – Reading – Midfielder

Susie Townsend – Reading – Midfielder

Georgie Twigg – Surbiton – Midfielder

Laura Unsworth – Holcombe – Defender

Kate Richardson-Walsh – Reading – Defender

Sally Walton – Wakefield* – Defender

Hollie Webb – Surbiton – Defender

Nicola White – Leicester – Forward

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