Hockey: Wimbledon have three players in England’s squad for Commonwealth Games

By Richard Cawley

Wimbledon have got three of their players in England’s 18-strong men’s hockey team for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Croydon’s Henry Weir, 27 – who was part of the England side which won bronze at Glasgow 2014 – has been selected along with Irishman Ian Sloan and Chester-born Phil Roper.

Sloan and Roper will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts.

England have been drawn in Pool B against India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Wales. They begin their campaign on April 6 against Malaysia aiming for a place in the medal matches on April 14.

The men’s team completed their preparations for the Commonwealth Games this week, finishing runners up to Australia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Head coach Bobby Crutchley said “We couldn’t be more excited for the Commonwealth Games in Australia where there is a lot of interest in the sport and to joining up with Team England. As a squad we have been training very hard and very well – we are very much looking forward to building on what we achieved in 2017.

“We start with a tough opening match against Malaysia and we are very much focused on that and making the semi-finals and ultimately looking to win a medal.”

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