England squad features German influence for EuroHockey Indoor Championship in Portugal

by HWC member Mike Haymonds via the Daily Express
Monday, January 4th, 2016
EuroHockey Indoors

The squad played a warm-up tournament in Belgium with Lille, Belgium and Scotland, finishing third after two wins, a draw and a defeat .

England are seeking an immediate return to the European top flight after being relegated at the last edition in 2014.

Halliday said: “With the international outdoor calendar becoming increasingly busy, this winter’s indoor programme provides a great opportunity for the England development group to benefit from the experiences of international indoor hockey. The pressure and intensity of elite level indoor will help with outdoor development.

Richie Dawson-Smith is one of two Wimbledon players in the England squad
“I was pleased with the progress (in the Belgium tournament), particularly with two wins against Belgium and Scotland on the second day. The weekend has set us up well for the tough competition ahead.”

England squad: Albery (Beeston), Carson (Reading) capt, Creed, Farrant, Goodfield (all Harvestehuder), Dawson-Smith, Kinder (Wimbledon), Gall (Surbiton), Horler, Reynolds-Cotterill, Taylor (Loughborough Students), P Smith (East Grinstead).