All-time leading goal scorer Ashley Jackson recently took part in an assessment programme at Bisham Abbey, but will not be rejoining the central squad for this years Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Jackson, 29, has played at three Olympic Games and has 133 goals for England and Great Britain

“He will be considered if he decides he is able to play, but I can’t wait by the phone for that,” said Great Britain head coach Bobby Crutchley.

He added: “I’ve had many discussions with Ashley but he’s completed three Olympic cycles now and doesn’t feel he has the energy for another. As a result, he’s not been selected and I have to focus on a new group of players.

“Ashley’s been a great player for us – he’s our record goalscorer – and he will be considered in future if he decides he is able to play.”

Jackson has played 234 times in total for England and Great Britain and made his debut aged 19. He formed part of the team which won Eurohockey gold in 2009 and also claimed Commonwealth games bronze in 2014.

On an individual level, Jackson – who plays for East Grinstead – has twice been named in the World All Stars team and was named World Young Player of the Year in 2009.


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