Saturday, May 18, 2024

Hockey Pro League: Zach Wallace returns for buoyant England men

Zach Wallace returns to international duties for the first time since February this weekend, with England men on a rich vein of form.

England have bagged a brace of double header wins in the London swing of their FIH Pro League campaign.

And they now welcome back Wallace, 22, to their squad following the culmination of his Dutch league commitments as focus turns to their Commonwealth Games preparations. Also back is David Goodfield, while Liam Sanford and Rhys Smith miss out.

Victory as an England unit has been rare this century. England men will aim to stop a run of eight successive defeats to the Oranje stretching back to 2014. England last beat the Dutch in 2010 at the Champions Trophy. One has to go back to the 1986 World Cup for any previous successes.

England women have named an unchanged squad to the Spain matches last weekend. Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch is set to play her 100th international for England.

England women haven’t beaten the Netherlands since their famous shoot-out victory in the 2015 EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley. The last time England won in normal time came back in 2003.

This weekend will also England Hockey supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK following Imran Sherwani’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease in 2019.

Imran wore the number 15 shirt in his career, and with orange as the designated colour of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the charity will distribute clappers to turn the stadium orange in the 15th minute as part of #OrangeForImran.

Pro League match schedule

Saturday – England v Netherlands (W&M), 2pm & 4:30pm
Sunday – England v Netherlands (W&M), 1pm & 3:30pm

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