Lee aware of task in hand as he names World Cup squad

08 May 2014 / 15:16

Women’s head coach Jason Lee is remaining calm and composed about England’s chances at the Hockey World Cup after naming a squad of 18 to travel to the Netherlands.

England won bronze four years ago in Rosario and will face then hosts Argentina along with China, Germany, South Africa and USA to begin with in Pool B in the Hague.

Of the six teams in Pool B, England are the second-highest ranked behind Argentina with nine players set to make their World Cup debut in the Netherlands.

Helen Richardson-Walsh is the obvious omission having suffered with ongoing back problems, undergoing surgery in March, and head coach Lee is pragmatic about winning another medal.

“Any group at a World Cup is going to be tough. We’re facing some of the best teams in the world and playing the USA in our first game is significant as they come into the tournament off the back of winning the Champions Challenge at the end of last month,” he said

“Argentina is another stand out team in the group, but with all the sides ranked 11th or higher and everyone aiming for that top-two finish to reach the semi-finals, we’re under no illusions as to how tough the games will be.”

England squad

Maddie Hinch, Goalkeeper

Kirsty Mackay, Goalkeeper

Laura Unsworth, Defender

Hannah Macleod, Forward

Georgie Twigg, Midfielder

Susannah Townsend, Midfielder

Susie Gilbert, Midfielder

Kate Richardson-Walsh, Defender

Sam Quek, Defender

Alex Danson, Forward

Sophie Bray, Forward

Hollie Webb, Defender

Ellie Watton, Forward

Ashleigh Ball, Midfielder

Sally Walton, Defender

Lily Owsley, Forward

Zoe Shipperley, Defender

Nicola White, Forward

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