Hockey: Britain call for Mathews

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The Independent Online

The entire England squad who took the bronze medal in last week's European Nations Cup have been named by Mike Hamilton for his Great Britain training squad, with the exception of Reading's Jonty Clarke. Also included is England's David Mathews, the Amsterdam striker who was surprisingly omitted from the European Cup squad.

Russell Garcia, Britain's most capped player and a Seoul Olympic gold medallist, wants to return to international hockey after the British Olympic Association confirmed that it has no objection. The 33-year-old Garcia, now the player-coach with the Gross Flottbeker club in Germany, appealed successfully against a lifetime Olympic ban, having served a three-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine in 1999.

Laurence Docherty, who had recently been seeking Dutch nationality in an attempt to improve his chances of Olympic selection, has been included in the Great Britain squad.

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