By The Hockey Paper
Great Britain and Germany face off on April 24 in Moenchengladbach with both sides battling to make the Pro League top four.
The two sides are next to each other in the FIH Pro League table in sixth and seventh respectively, with only the top four qualifying for the Grand Final and an Olympic berth later this summer.
For their first match on European soil, Mark Hager has named an 18-strong squad for the Germany game.
Goalkeeper Amy Tennant is back in the squad, with Nicki Cochrane missing out. Young Alex Malzer and Lizzie Neal are not included as the squad for European away games will be limited to 18 players.
Defender Giselle Ansley is set to win her 50th Great Britain cap, while Wales are represented by Sarah Jones, while Amy Costello and Sarah Robertson represent Scotland.
Great Britain’s home games begin three days later against USA at Lee Valley Hockey on April 27.
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