Hockey: Lee culls Olympians for Belgium Tests

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Jason Lee, the acting England chief coach, has announced a 24-man squad, including nine uncapped players for two Tests against Belgium at Bisham Abbey on 3 and 4 November. Only three of Great Britain's Olympic squadare included.

Jason Lee, the acting England chief coach, has announced a 24-man squad, including nine uncapped players for two Tests against Belgium at Bisham Abbey on 3 and 4 November. Only three of Great Britain's Olympic squadare included.

With England's women playing the Olympic Champions Germany in a one-off Test in Berlin this afternoon, there is no women's programme this weekend but the men face a busy weekend of League and Cup commitment.

The league leaders Cannock seem unlikely to surrender their maximum points record following the visit of Teddington this afternoon, but the other two teams on 100 per cent, Loughborough Students and Reading, meet at Loughborough in what seems certain to be a high-scoring game.

There could be a good crowd at Oakwood to see Southgate, Cup winners in their past glory days, entertain Lewes. The North London club expect to parade their new signings South African Bruce Jacobs and Pakistan's Ali Ghazanfar, who appeared in the Athens Olympics.

England squad: M Pearn (Barcelona), J Fair*, S Ramsden*, M Taylor, B Middleton, A West, S Cordon & M Jones (all Cannock), J Ebsworth, D Emery*, J Grice, M Dally* & R Moore (all Surbiton), J Stedman* & R Alexander* (both Old Loughtonians), J Lewis (Gross Flottbeker), N Brothers* (Schwarzweiss Neuss), J Bleby, A Wilson* & G Kirkham (Loughborough Students), D Mathews (Amsterdam), J Brown*, R Mantell & J Clarke (Reading). * New caps.

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