Hockey World Cup: England name strong squad

Last Updated: 29/05/14 9:37am

Zoe Shipperley: Included in England squad (photo: Ady Kerry)

England Women Hockey's Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 players for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in Holland.

All of England's matches will be shown live on Sky Sports beginning with the first game against the USA at midday (BST) on Sunday 1 June.

The squad is largely unchanged from the one which won silver at the 2013 European Championships although Lee has named two relative newcomers in Beeston's Ellie Watton and Buckingham's Zoe Shipperley.

Having won a bronze medal at the last World Cup in Argentina, England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh will be hoping her side can improve on third this time around.

Speaking about the tournament ahead Lee said: "Any group at a World Cup is going to be tough. We're facing some of the best teams in the world and playing the USA in our first game is significant as they come into the tournament off the back of winning the Champions Challenge at the end of last month.

"Argentina is another stand out team in the group, but with all the sides ranked 11th or higher and everyone aiming for that top-two finish to reach the semi-finals, we're under no illusions as to how tough the games will be."

England squad:

Maddie Hinch (Holcombe) Goalkeeper

Kirsty Mackay (East Grinstead) Goalkeeper

Laura Unsworth (Holcombe) Defender

Hannah Macleod (Leicester - Forward

Georgie Twigg (Surbiton) Midfielder

Susannah Townsend (Reading) Midfielder

Susie Gilbert (Reading) Midfielder

Kate Richardson-Walsh (Reading) Defender

Sam Quek (Reading) Defender

Alex Danson (Reading) Forward

Sophie Bray (East Grinstead) Forward

Hollie Webb (Surbiton) Defender

Ellie Watton (Beeston) Forward

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder

Sally Walton (Wakefield) Defender

Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham) Forward

Zoe Shipperley (Buckingham) Defender

Nicola White (Leicester) Forward