The senior men’s team today begins their journey to defend the European Championships, with Head Coach Tom Wenham announcing his 28-man roster.
Over seventy of the countries best players attended the two-day trials at the Manchester Metropolitan University’s new Platt Lane facility, which will also become the new training base for the senior national squad and development squad.
The trials consisted of individual athletic testing, and small sided indoor games where the aim was to see the players in a highly competitive, fast-paced game environment.
On the second day the trial focused on unsettled play in the morning and the afternoon, full-field scrimmage games with four teams each playing against each other once.
The 28-man roster will now prepare to defend the European Championships, which will take place in Gödöllő, Hungary next July.
Coach Wenham commented: “We were really pleased with the trials and the level of intensity and quality of play was great to see. We’re extremely happy with the squad we’ve been able to select with 28 players in total, with the plan of selecting the 23-man squad and 5 travelling alternates at a later date.”
“There’s a real mix of youth and experience with the potential for all of these players to stake a claim not only for the European Championships in 2016 but for the World’s in 2018.”
“I’d like to extend my gratitude, recognition and, above all, respect, to those players who have decided the time is right to call a day on their England careers. I’m really pleased that a number have offered to stay involved to support the development of the next generation of players.”
“This includes Ben McAllister and Tom Gallon who will both be part of the coaching staff.”
“We’ll see the squad on 18th/19th July for our first training weekend and will then be training roughly every two weeks after that. In September we’ll be starting both our strength and conditioning programme and weekly EBall, which is our inter-squad 7, a side tournament. This has been designed to improve handling under pressure and decision-making and to provide a regular intensely competitive opportunity for the players to develop their skills. I’m enormously grateful to the officials who have offered to help out at these games.”
**More details about the Development Squad will be released in the next few weeks.
Team England 2015 European Championships Squad
Will Baxter (Poynton)
Tim Blower (Timperley)
Antony Hayes (Heaton Mersey)
Andrew Baxter (Stockport)
Bill Fisher (Poynton)
Josh Hurry (Heaton Mersey)
Tommy Kirkland (Timperley)
Ed Simpkin-Byrne (Walcountain Blues)
Kyle Standiford (Dade)
Long Stick Midfielders
Oliver Barrett (Walcountain Blues)
Thomas Brook (Poynton)
Sam Patterson (Stockport)
Tom Bracegirdle (Sheffield University)
Alex Majd (Durham University)
Mike Armstrong (Timperley)
Sam Dexter (Cheadle)
William Hardy (Sheffield Steelers)
Pete Hayes (Heaton Mersey)
Glen Humphries (Rochdale)
George Ievers (Sheffield Steelers)
Arron Prosser (Denver Outlaws)
Sam Russell (Poynton)
Zac Guy (Manchester Waconians)
Ryan Hunns (Heaton Mersey)
Josh Roden (Chico Republic)
Josh Sherry-Brennan (Stockport)
Will Sugden (Mellor)
Nick Watson (Cheadle)
Development Players (to train with squad)
Daniel Smith (Cheadle)
Conor McDermott (Sheffield Steelers)
Jack Brook (Timperley)
Josh Kinder (Heaton Mersey)
Jamie Butler (Poynton)
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