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Whiteman earns call up for England’s World League Final campaign

[img_assist|nid=2217|title=Call up|desc=Tim Whiteman. Photo: Andy Smith|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=155]Beeston defender/midfielder Tim Whiteman has been called up to the England squad for the World League Final in Delhi in January.

A long-term knee injury to London Olympian Richard Smith opened up a place in the side to Whiteman, who was named in the ENgland centralised training programme earlier in the year.

East Grinstead duo Ashley Jackson and Mark Gleghorne  return to the final 18 after injuries kept them out of the European championship squad. Jackson has successfully recovered from ankle surgery and Gleghorne from the foot injury he sustained against Argentina in the World League Semi Final in July.

  

Patrick Smith replaces James Bailey as the reserve goalkeeper, while Bailey focuses on the European indoor season. 

Ben Arnold and Dan Shingles are the other two from the Europeans who miss out. Smith is expected to be out for much of 2014 after knee surgery. 

England coach Bobby Crutchley said:”We are really looking forward to testing ourselves against the world’s best. The squad have been training very well in the past few months and working hard at their individual development.

“Like many of the teams we are short of match practice and it will be a good marker to see where we are, going into 2014.”

England captain Barry Middleton added, “We’ve had a few months of solid training and we’re determined to put in strong performances in what will no doubt be a tough tournament.” 

England have been drawn in Pool A and will face Olympic and European Champions Germany, world number seven side New Zealand and host nation India.

England’s first match is against hosts India on 10 January at 14:30 (UK time). All matches will be streamed live on the FIH YouTube Channel. For more information about the World League Final, visit www.fih.ch

World number one side Germany have been in great form this year, winning the World League Semi Final in Malaysia (where England finished third) and then going on to win EuroHockey 2013 in August. India will also be strong contenders at home and will be looking to impress their new coach, Terry Walsh.

New Zealand and India faced each other in the pool stages of their World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam. There was nothing to separate the two as they played out a 3-3 draw, however New Zealand went onto finish fourth, while India could only manage sixth in the final standings.

The other pool will see Belgium, Argentina, the Netherlands and Australia fight it out. Belgium have been one of the in-form teams this year and proved their capabilities at both the World League Semi Final, where they beat Australia in the final to take gold and then at the EuroHockey Championships where they took the silver. With World Champions Australia ranked second in the world and the Netherlands just one place behind them it’s sure to be a fascinating contest.

Alongside the Hero Hockey World League Final, England will also be taking a squad out to Vienna to compete in the EuroHockey Indoor Championships from 17-19 January. indoor coach, Andy Halliday, will name his squad shortly.

England Men’s Squad for the Hero Hockey World League Finals

Alastair Brogdon – Wimbledon – Forward

Tom Carson – Reading – Forward

Nick Catlin – Reading – Midfield/Forward

David Condon – East Grinstead – Midfield

Adam Dixon – Beeston – Midfield/Defender

Dan Fox – Hampstead & Westminster – Defender

Mark Gleghorne – East Grinstead – Forward

Michael Hoare – Wimbledon – Defender

Ashley Jackson – East Grinstead – Midfield

Iain Lewers – East Grinstead – Defender

Simon Mantell – Reading – Forward

Harry Martin – Beeston – Midfield

Barry Middleton – Holcombe – Midfield/Forward

George Pinner – Beeston – Goalkeeper

Patrick Smith – Cannock – Goalkeeper

Henry Weir – Wimbledon – Midfield/Defender

Tim Whiteman – Beeston – Midfield/Defender

Ollie Willars – Beeston – Defender


Hero Hockey World League Final 
match schedule

 

 

Date/Match #

Info

Time (UK)

Teams

Result

Friday 10 January 2014

1

Pool B

08:30

AUS-BEL

 

2

Pool B

10:30

NED-ARG

 

3

Pool A

12:30

GER-NZL

 

4

Pool A

14:30

ENG-IND

 

Saturday 11 January 2014

5

Pool B

08:30

BEL-ARG

 

6

Pool B

10:30

NED-AUS

 

7

Pool A

12:30

ENG-GER

 

8

Pool A

14:30

NZL-IND

 

Sunday 12 January

Rest Day

Monday 13 January

9

Pool A

08:30

NZL-ENG

 

10

Pool B

10:30

AUS-ARG

 

11

Pool B

12:30

NED-BEL

 

12

Pool A

14:30

GER-IND

 

Tuesday 14 January

Rest Day

Wednesday 15 January

13

QF1

07:45

1A – 4B

 

14

QF2

10:00

2A – 3B

 

15

QF3

12:15

2B – 3A

 

16

QF4

14:30

1B – 4A

 

Thursday 16 January

Rest Day

Friday 17 January

17

5 / 8

07:45

LM13 – LM15

 

18

5 / 8

10:00

LM14 – LM16

 

19

SF1

12:15

WM13 – WM15

 

20

SF2

14:30

WM14 – WM16

 

Saturday 18 January

21

7 / 8

07:45

LM17 – LM18

 

22

5 / 6

10:00

WM17 – WM18

 

23

3 / 4

12:15

LM19 – LM20

 

24

Final

14:30

WM19 – WM20

 

         

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