Following their bronze medal win at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham, England has risen to sixth in the world rankings, four places ahead of the tenth-ranked Americans.
USA narrowly missed out on a place at the World Cup after losing 3-1 to Korea in the final of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier, which was hosted in San Diego, California in April.
The sides’ last competitive meeting came in the bronze medal match at the 2007 Champions Challenge in Baku when goals from Cathy Gilliat Smith and Rachel Walker secured a 2-1 victory for England. A number of England’s athletes also played for Great Britain against USA in a 0-0 draw at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. USA went on to finish eighth in Beijing while Great Britain finished sixth.
England’s competitive record against USA reads played 48, won 34, drawn eight, lost six.
Among their ranks, USA can call upon six players with more than 100 international appearances to their name, including the experience of goalkeeper Amy Tran, who has twice been named in the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) World All Stars Team, in 2006 and 2007.
At the World Cup, 29 August -11 September, England will meet the hosts Argentina, China, Spain, Korea and South Africa in Pool B. The World Cup is the second of three major tournaments the team will contest in the space of three months and comes hot on the heels of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy earlier this month. Following their return from Rosario, England will travel to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games from 3-14 October.
Date - Time - Fixture - Venue
Tuesday 3 August - 15:00 - England v USA - Bisham Abbey NSC
Thursday 5 August - 15:00 - England v USA - Bisham Abbey NSC
FULL ENGLAND SQUAD
Name (Club) Position Eng Caps/Eng Goals GB Caps/GB Goals - Age
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Mid 23/0 5/0 - 24
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Fwd 8/1 24/3 - 19
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Def 67/15 54/15 - 24
Alex Danson (Reading) Fwd 98/22 36/9 - 25
Gemma Darrington (Leicester) Def 10/0 7/0 - 23
Jo Ellis (Reading) Fwd 32/4 32/6 - 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Mid 25/4 22/2 - 21
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Fwd 57/5 18/2 - 24
Madeleine Hinch (Leicester) GK 1/0 1/0 - 21
Gemma Ible (Clifton) GK 1/0 1/0 - 22
Katie Long (Leicester) Fwd 21/3 9/0 - 22
Kirsty Mackay (Bowdon Hightown) GK 0/0 4/0 - 23
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Fwd 22/2 6/1 - 26
Dilly Newton (Clifton) Def 0/0 0/0 - 21
Sam Quek (Bowdon Hightown) Def 3/0 14/0 - 21
Helen Richardson (Reading) Mid 120/15 63/3 - 28
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Mid 73/9 40/3 - 25
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Def 32/0 8/0 - 23
Beth Storry (Reading) GK 50/0 23/0 - 32
Chloe Strong (Slough) Def 18/1 3/0 - 27
George Twigg (Clifton) Mid 5/0 2/0 - 19
Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Def 21/0 9/0 - 22
Kate Walsh (Reading) Def 158/29 85/7 - 30
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Def 61/7 13/1 - 29
Nicola White (Slough) Fwd 19/2 11/0 - 22
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Mid/Fwd 38/1 19/1 - 24
photos Janos Schmidt