Ahead of the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in India, which starts on Friday 6 December, England U21 men’s head coach Jon Bleby has named a squad of 18 athletes.
Two members of the squad are already among the ranks of the senior England international squad; Captain Andy Bull (East Grinstead) and Phil Roper (Wimbledon) have both earned caps for their country and will no doubt bring invaluable experience to the line-up.
Loughborough University leads the way for club representatives with four athletes named in the squad; Rob Farrington, Daniel Faulkner, Harry Gibson and Jonty Griffiths. There are also call ups for three from Sheffield Hallam and two each from Surbiton, Beeston, University of Birmingham and East Grinstead.
The Surbiton pairing named in the squad are brothers, Jonny and James Gall. James joins his older brother Jonny in the selected 18 after being called up to the U21 squad following strong performances for England U18s earlier this year.
Head Coach, Bleby, will be hoping to build on England’s result at the last Junior Hockey World Cup where they finished 16th under the charge of David Ralph, now a senior England assistant coach alongside Bleby. That squad had some familiar names in it, including Nick Catlin and Ben Arnold.
Speaking of the challenge ahead, Bleby said, “Preparation for the World Cup has gone well. Back in August we came out on top in a three match series against Malaysia up at Wakefield in the NOW: Pensions Nations Plate. Following that, we had several training games against Germany and France as well as the Sultan of Johor Cup in September, which took place in Malaysia and was great preparation for the athletes to play in the type of climate we will experience in India.”
England have been drawn against South Africa, New Zealand and Malaysia in their pool and it is sure to be a tough group, however the squad are looking forward to the challenge. Bleby added, “We’ve set goals as a group and are focussing on performing to the maximum of our capabilities. We’re looking to perform with consistently high standards throughout the tournament and build on the experiences we’ve had this year.”
Hero Hockey Junior World Cup England U21 men’s squad
Name - Club
James Albery - Cambridge City
Nick Bandurak - Cannock
Andy Bull (C) - East Grinstead
Brendan Creed - Sheffield Hallam
Arjan Drayton-Chana - Sheffield Hallam
Rob Farrington - Loughborough Students
Daniel Faulkner - Loughborough Students
Sam French - University of Birmingham
James Gall - Surbiton
Jonny Gall - Surbiton
Harry Gibson (GK) - Loughborough Students
David Goodfield - Sheffield Hallam
Jonty Griffiths - Loughborough Students
Tom Pinnegar (GK) - University of Birmingham
Chris Proctor - Beeston
Phil Roper - Wimbledon
Joe Sharp - Beeston
Luke Taylor - East Grinstead
Will Byas (University of Birmingham)
Tom Morris (University of Birmingham)
Source: England Hockey
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