Hockey: England ready for Spanish opener
Wednesday 18 August 1999
Their ninth place last summer might suggest that they are something of a soft touch. That, however, would be a dangerous assumption. Since then they have finished second to Australia in the Commonwealth Games and reorganised their resources.
The team will also be fortified for the meeting with the Barcelona Olympic champions, by a draw and a win over them 10 days ago at Milton Keynes. But it will not be an easy game and England will need to work hard to break down a Spanish defence marshalled by the very experienced Carmen Barea.
England will be conscious that Spain beat them 3-1 in the last semi-final of the European Cup four years ago when they went on to lose in the final to the Dutch. With Germany in the same pool, a win against Spain is essential to England's semi-final hopes. The other teams in the pool are Ireland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
In the other pool, the strong Dutch squad, who beat Spain 6-0 in a final practice game last Sunday in Amsterdam, are strongly fancied to take the gold medal and with it automatic qualification for the Sydney Olympics. Scotland could well take the second place in this pool.
ENGLAND SQUAD (v Spain, European Cup, Cologne, today): K Brown (capt), F Greenham, J Smith, A Bennett, S Chandler, M Nicholson (all Slough), T Cullen, K Walsh, C Reid (all Hightown), J Empson, M Clewlow (all Canterbury), K Bowden, H Richardson (all Fyffes Leicester), L King, L Catchpole (all Ipswich), J Sixsmith, H Rose (all Sutton Coldfield), L Wright (all Olton).
Latest in Sport
Liverpool fans applaud Cristiano Ronaldo after master-class for Real Madrid, despite his Manchester United ties
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Diego Costa injury: Chelsea striker forced into hospital ahead of Manchester United clash - reports
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
£300 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: SSRS Report Developer – 3 Mon...
£95 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Key Stage 1 teacher require...
£32000 - £39000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Ashdown Group: Generalist HR Man...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...