Lee names England Women’s squad for Hockey World Cup

Thursday 8 May 2014:  With just 23 days to go England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, taking place from 31 May-15 June 2014.

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

The squad remains largely unchanged from that which won a silver and bronze medal during 2013 at the European Championships and World League Final respectively. However Lee has named two relative newcomers in his 18; Beeston’s Ellie Watton and Buckingham’s Zoe Shipperley.

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against the USA at 12:00 (UK time) on Sunday 1 June.

With three World Cups under her belt and a bronze medal from 2010 [Rosario, Argentina] England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh will be hoping her side can improve on third this time around.

England are in Pool B with Argentina, China, Germany, South Africa and the USA. Of the six teams in the pool, England (3) is the second-highest ranked in the FIH World Rankings after Argentina (2), while the rest of the sides are sixth or lower. Continue reading →

Canada’s women’s team to play England and Wales in 7 Tests

Vancouver, BC – Twenty member squad of Canada’s women’s national field hockey team will travel overseas for a series of seven matches versus England and Wales from April 27 to May 7 in the preparations for the key competitions including Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this year.

In facing England, Canada will be taking on a team ranked number three in the world and which is in the final stages of preparation for the World Cup this summer.

“Against teams like England, you have no place to hide and this kind of exposure will test both our on-field and off-field systems,” says women’s national team head coach Ian Rutledge. Continue reading →