Crutchley shuffles pack for World League Final

Crutchley shuffles pack for World League Final

30 October 2015 / 13:33

Great Britain men’s coach Bobby Crutchley has rung the changes after naming his squad for the World League Final in Raipur, India.

With Great Britain having already secured their place at the Olympics in Rio, Crutchley has opted to rest a number of high profile players for the tournament from November 27 to December 6.

There are eight changes in total to the group that competed in the semi-final of the competition in June, with captain Barry Middleton and all-time leading scorer Ashley Jackson among the most eye-catching of those absentees.

Defender Dan Fox will instead take on captaincy duties with Ian Sloan and keeper Harry Gibson both coming in for their first competitive senior tournament for Great Britain, with Scotland duo Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick also included.

Simon Mantell, who has recently returned from long term injury, is set to compete in his first international tournament since the 2014 Commonwealth Games and could reach 200 international caps in the latter stages of the competition.

Great Britain are in a pool with Australia, Belgium and Canada with the other pool featuring Argentina, Germany, India and Netherlands. 

“I am very excited to select a squad including a number of younger players who we believe have very exciting futures ahead of them,” said Crutchley.

“Despite this inexperience, we believe all of the selected players are capable of pushing for Olympic selection in 2016.

“As a senior member of the squad Dan has a calm and inclusive leadership style that is highly valued by the group.

“Despite selecting a relatively inexperienced group, we are still very ambitious and will initially be targeting a semi-final place.”

Sportsbeat 2015