Danny Kerry admitted the job of naming the Great Britain squad for next month’s World League Semi Final in Valencia had been a far from easy process, with competition for places ensuring plenty of long deliberations.
The Great Britain head coach has announced a squad of 18 players for the World League Round Three in Spain from June 10-21.
Not only does success at the tournament offer a place in the World League Final in Rosario, the competition is also Great Britain’s first chance to secure Olympic qualification for Rio 2016.
Kerry’s squad contains 14 athletes who competed at the Champions Trophy in December with Emily Maguire, Nicola White, Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh all coming in.
For the latter, who recently reached 250 combined international caps, the event will be her first international tournament since EuroHockey 2013 following a long-term injury.
Great Britain’s opening pool match will be against hosts Spain on June 10, while they are also drawn to face Argentina, Canada and China.
“It’s been great to see such strong focus at training since last September,” said Kerry.
“There has been a great deal of competition for places, and the commitment and spirit across the squad is excellent.
“Selection should always be challenging and it is a testament to the depth of quality within the group that the staff have had many long meetings over the months to come to our final tournament squad.
“We have had multiple options for multiple positions and this has created a great deal of debate for the coaching staff.
“It is good news for the competitive nature of the squad and will stand us in good stead for the upcoming challenges, not least that of securing a place in the Olympic Games in Rio.”
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