Whiteman set for 50th international cap

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Former Harleston Magpies Hockey Club player Tim Whiteman could be set to gain his 50th Great Britain cap after being named in the squad for the World League Final in Raipur, India from November 27 to December 6.

Great Britain’s coach Bobby Crutchley has made eight changes to the group that competed in the semi-final of the competition in June of this year, a tournament where Great Britain secured their place at the Olympics in Rio.

There are a number of high profile players who will be rested with captain Barry Middleton, a veteran of 360 internationals and all-time leading scorer Ashley Jackson amongst the most eye-catching of those absentees.

But that has given the likes of Beeston’s Whiteman — whose parents still live in Denton, near Harleston — and a host of younger and fringe players such as Ian Sloan, Harry Gibson, Alan Forsyth and Chris Grassick, the opportunity to stake their claims in the tournament that sees Britain in a pool with Australia, Belgium and Canada.

Speaking about his selections, head coach Bobby Crutchley has backed the players involved to mke their mark and challenge for Olympic selection for next year.

“I am very excited to select a squad including a number of younger players who we believe have very exciting futures ahead of them,” he said.

“Despite this inexperience, we believe all of the selected players are capable of pushing for Olympic selection in 2016.”

“We are still very ambitious and will be targeting a semi-final place.”