Hockey: England will miss Hill

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DAVID WHITAKER, the England coach, has been forced to make eight changes to his squad for this weekend's two games against the Dutch world champions, writes Bill Colwill from The Hague.

Jon Potter, one of four Hounslow players who were not available for the Irish Centenary Trophy in Dublin two weeks ago, makes a welcome return to the squad for the first time since the Olympics but the absence of Rob Hill is a blow.

Hill has endured problems down on his Somerset farm following the recent rains and has asked to be released. Since being recalled before the last Olympics, Hill has scored 23 of his side's 48 goals in 24 games, including both in the 2-2 draw with the Dutch in Dublin.

Nick Thompson, the Old Loughtonians striker missing from an England shirt for the past two years, returns after a series of impressive performances for his club and is thought by many to be the natural successor to Sean Kerly.

ENGLAND SQUAD (v the Netherlands, today and tomorrow, Wassenaar and Amsterdam): D Luckes (East Grinstead), J Shaw (capt), R Welch (both Southgate), R Garcia (Havant), J Potter, P Bolland, R Crutchley, J Barrow (all Hounslow), J Halls, N Thompson (both Old Loughtonians), K Takher (Cannock), J Laslett, P McGuire (Teddington), D Woods, A Humphrey (both Welton), A Degun (Barford Tigers).