Experienced England prepared for Hockey World League Semi-final

Experienced England prepared for Hockey World League Semi-final

25 June 2017 / 08:21

Alex Danson will continue as England women’s hockey captain after the squad of 18 was named for the Hero Hockey World League semi-final in Johannesburg.

Head coach Danny Kerry has named an experienced group with ten Olympic gold medallists from Rio 2016 making the squad travelling to South Africa for the tournament which starts on July 8.

England will face Germany, Poland, Ireland and Japan in Pool A while Argentina, USA, India, Chile and hosts South Africa will compete in Pool B.

Danson took on the captaincy ahead of the Investec Internationals earlier this summer which culminated with a memorable contest with the Netherlands.

England were narrowly defeated in a shootout on that day in front of a sell out crowd at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Kerry said: "We go to this tournament to seek qualification for the World League Finals in Auckland later in the year. This will be a great challenge with a tough pool to get through.

"We are looking forward to continuing our growth of the new squad as we build towards the World Cup in London next year.

"Our attacking half contains great pace and our defensive half a good range of distribution. We look forward to what the tournament holds."

There will be extensive TV coverage of the tournament with BT Sport broadcasting the tournament with a full schedule of timings to follow.

England squad:
Alex Danson (c), Giselle Ansley, Grace Balsdon, Sophie Bray, Emily Defroand, Sarah Haycroft, Maddie Hinch, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Zoe Shipperley, Amy Tennant, Anna Toman, Susannah Townsend, Laura Unsworth, Hollie Webb, Nicola White

Key fixtures and timings:
10th July: England v Poland (3pm UK Time)
12th July: England v Japan (3pm UK Time)
14th July: England v Germany (5pm UK Time)
16th July: England v Ireland (1pm UK Time)
18th July: Quarter-Finals
20th July: Semi-Finals
22nd July: Final

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