Uncapped Holcombe striker Lucy Wood is the new face in England’s Commonwealth Games hockey squad.
The 20-year-old earns her place on the back of appearances for the England development squad and in recent test matches against Wales where she scored four times.
England will be led by captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games. With 321 international caps to her name the Manchester-born athlete is England’s most experienced squad member and has captained her side for over a decade. She has already announced that this is likely to be her final tournament before retiring.
After finishing 11th at the recent Hockey World Cup, the team sees one other change to the line-up. Giselle Ansley comes back into the squad.
Four players from the 18-player World Cup squad miss out in th e16-player selection – reserve goalkeeper Kirsty Mackay, forward Hannah Macleod, defender Sally Walton and midfielder Ashleigh Ball who suffered a knee injury in the Hague.
Ten of the 16 selected athletes will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts. Alongside the experience of Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson will be competing in her third Games while Georgie Twigg, Susie Gilbert, Nicola White and Laura Unsworth were all part of the squad who claimed bronze in Delhi four years ago.
England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “It is always a pleasure and an honour to represent your country at a Commonwealth Games. Being at a large multi-sport event is an excellent experience for the team. It’s great to be able to support your fellow athletes and enjoy celebrating Team England’s success. I’ve no doubt that Glasgow will put on a fabulous event.”
|Name||DOB||Current Club||Position||England Caps||GB Caps||England Goals||GB Goals||No. of CWGs|
|Sophie Bray||12/05/1990||East Grinstead||Forward||31||3||8||–||Debut|
|Lily Owsley||10/12/1994||Uni of Birmingham||Forward||31||3||8||–||Debut|