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Jackson returns to England hockey World League squad

December 11, 2013 16:45 pm

England head coach Bobby Crutchley has made four changes to the squad that finished fourth at the hockey European Championships for next month's World League finals in Delhi.

Ashley Jackson and Mark Gleghorne are back in 18-strong squad after injuries kept them sidelined this summer. Patrick Smith, replaces James Bailey as reserve goalkeeper, and Tim Whiteman will look to make his international debut.

"We are really looking forward to testing ourselves against the world’s best," said Crutchley. 

"The squad have been training very well in the past few months and working hard at their individual development. 

"Like many of the teams we are short of match practice and it will be a good marker to see where we are, going into 2014."

England will face Olympic and European champions Germany, world number seven side New Zealand and host nation India in their pool. Belgium, Argentina, the Netherlands and Australia will fight it out  on the other side of the draw

"We’ve had a few months of solid training and we’re determined to put in strong performances in what will no doubt be a tough tournament," said captain Barry Middleton.

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