England’s Hockey squad head to Australia this weekend, with one of the youngest and inexperienced sides to ever grace the game.
According to coach Jason Lee, it is almost bare bones as most of the experienced squad are unavailable for the trip.
Some are injured, whilst others take time out of the game, and unlike very few sports, most have to go back to day to day life. For a few that means university and the harsh realities of study.
The English outfit will come up against the best nations in the champions trophy and Lee knows it will be a huge test with the players he has available.
In an interview with the BBC he said: “We’re by some distance the least experienced group – and there are some very experienced teams here,
“This is kind of a learning experience for us. Five of our players have fewer than 10 caps and six of them have never played internationally at all, so it’s certainly a jump in the deep end.”
One of the greatest opponents there will be against the Dutch, who they lost to 9-2 in the Olympics, that has almost 50 times as many professional hockey players as England do.
England’s first game will be against India (Dec 1) before they have games against Germany (Dec 2) and New Zealand (Dec 4). If they progress from the group they could make it all the way to the final on December 9th.
You will be able to catch a full report on the event here at The Sporting Week on December 10th.