England welcome back Jackson and McCallin for Euro charge

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England have named their men's and women's squads for this month's EuroHockey Championships in Belgium which get under way next week.

For the men, five players will play in their first European Championships, with Zach Wallace the youngest member of the squad at only 19. Vastly experienced Adam Dixon captains England for the first time in a major tournament, and Ashley Jackson plays a competition of this nature for the first time since the Rio 2016 Olympics.

EHL-bound Hampstead & Westminster are represented by Will Calnan and Harry Martin while Wallace is among five Surbiton players along with Brendan Creed, James Gall, Harry Gibson and Tom Sorsby.

The women welcome back Shona McCallin for her first major international event since 2017, and it is Mark Hager's first full run at a major tournament, having joined as Head Coach right at the start of Great Britain's FIH Pro League campaign earlier in the year. Having just turned 19, Izzy Petter is the youngest member of the women's squad.

Petter is one of seven Surbiton players involved along with Giselle Ansley, Emily Defroand, Sarah Evans, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin and Holly Pearne-Webb

Men's head coach Danny Kerry said: "Following a good preparatory trip in Barcelona, we’ve selected a squad that we feel is the best blend for our play and the demands of the tournament.

“The Euros represent a very high standard tournament and we look forward to the challenges that it will present. We’re not in the business of making predictions but in the business of preparing and performing, so we’re excited to get going."

Hager added: "We're excited about the tournament and looking forward to the challenge. It's my first opportunity with the group for a tournament like this. We looked to select an experienced group and we've got also Suzy Petty and Ellie Rayer back after they missed the trip to Japan.

“That trip gave us the opportunity to play a number of games in a short space of time which is good preparation for the Euros. We want to do well in the tournament, of course Olympic qualification is also on the mind of every team and there are lots of very capable sides who will feel the same."