England’s men start their Hockey World Cup campaign on Friday with new coach Danny Kerry aiming to better their fourth-place finish four years ago.
It is Kerry’s second World Cup of the calendar year. He took England’s women to the quarter-finals of their tournament in July in London before switching to become the men’s head coach midway through August.
After men’s head coach Bobby Crutchley stepped down in May, Kerry jumped at the chance to take up the task of moving England’s men up the world rankings from their current standing of seventh.
There are nine Rio Olympians in the squad but Henry Weir, a veteran of more than 150 international caps, is one of the most notable omissions from the squad in favour of some up-and-coming talents, such as 21-year-old Jack Waller and 19-year-old Zach Wallace.
Barry Middleton will also be looking to add to his record 425 international caps as he closes in on the all-time record of 453, held by the Netherlands’ Teun de Nooijer.
England Player and Team Stats and Squad for the Hockey World Cup 2018
- World Rank: 7
- Last Appearance: 2014 (4th)
- Head Coach : Danny Kerry
- Goalkeeper : George Pinner
- Most Capped Player : Barry Middleton (425)
- Youngest Player : Zachary Wallace (19)
- Oldest Player : Michael Hoare & Mark Gleghorne (33)
Full Squad: George Pinner, Harry Gibson, Adam Dixon, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, Jack Waller, Michael Hoare, Luke Taylor, Harry Martin, David Ames, Ian Sloan, Barry Middleton, Zach Wallace, James Gall, Phil Roper, David Condon, Will Calnan, Sam Ward, Brendan Creed, Rhys Smith