Sabbie Heesh and David Ames set for England debuts

Sabbie Heesh and David Ames set for England debuts

GOALKEEPER Sabbie Heesh is set to make her England debut after her selection for the Unibet EuroHockey Championship in the Olympic Park, which starts next Friday.

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Mike Haymonds

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Bobby Crutchley

Leicester’s Heesh, 23, already has two Great Britain caps.

Beeston’s David Ames, 26, will make his first England tournament appearance after previously earning 13 combined GB and England caps. Ames, a former Ireland international, qualified to play for England earlier this year.

The women’s 18-strong squad contains 14 athletes who won a silver medal at the same tournament two years ago while the men’s squad has 13 of the team which finished fourth two years ago and four – captain Barry Middleton, Ashley Jackson, Adam Dixon and Alastair Brogdon – who won the European title in 2009.

Several players can reach milestones at the tournament.

Women’s captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and vice-captain Alex Danson should reach a half century of goals as Richardson-Walsh currently has 48 for GB and England combined while Danson has 47 for England.

Giselle Ansley, Sophie Bray and Lily Owsley are in line for their 50th England caps while Laura Unsworth is currently on 99 England Caps.

Barry Middleton has scored 97 times for GB and England and Dan Fox will reach a century of England caps if he plays in five more at this tournament.

Men’s head coach Bobby Crutchley said: ”There won’t be huge changes to the way we play or approach games. We’re in good shape and we’re looking forward to what will be a tough tournament. The European Championship is one of the hardest competitions there is. You have four of the top sides in the world and then some really talented teams such as Ireland and Spain.

“We’re playing well and we’re confident so, fingers crossed, we can emulate 2009.”

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