Charlotte Watson; Sarah Robertson and Amy Costello selected for GB women’s squad for Japan

Scotland’s Charlotte Watson has been called up to the GB women’s squad and joins Sarah Robertson and Amy Costello in the squad for GB’s trip to Japan.

Great Britain’s women’s team have departed for Japan as part of their preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The team fly into Tokyo and will then play four games in Hiroshima, with test matches against Japan on 15th and 20th July. On 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th we will play uncapped training matches, two against Japan and two against the Coca Cola club side.

Scotland’s Charlotte Watson is set to make her first Great Britain appearance after being called up for the very first time. The 21-year-old already has more than 50 caps for Scotland and played in last summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Head Coach Mark Hager commented, “The main reason we’re going out to Japan is to get acclimatised to the heat to see what it’s like at this time of year with the humidity. Probably the biggest thing is when you get 90% humidity, the girls aren’t used to that so to get that experience that will be fantastic

“We’ve been watching Charlotte Watson closely over the last four to six months. She performed pretty well at the World Series in Ireland, so we felt it was a good opportunity to bring her in to have a taste of what we’re doing and give her a chance to play internationally with GB, which she hasn’t done yet, so that will be exciting for her.

Rio gold medal winner Shona McCallin is welcomed back to the 22-strong squad. She was concussed in a match away to Argentina last February, and having recovered from that injury she has now overcome a separate minor injury that prevented her from playing in any of our FIH Pro League matches this year. The 27-year-old will be aiming to add to the 73 international caps she has to her name.

Sarah Evans is back from injury, having missed the final FIH Pro League match at the Twickenham Stoop. Ellie Rayer has not quite recovered from an injury so unfortunately misses out, as does Suzy Petty.

Full squad:

Giselle Ansley (Surbiton) (ENG)

Grace Balsdon (Canterbury) (ENG)

Esme Burge (University of Nottingham) (ENG)

Amy Costello (University of Birmingham) (SCO)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton) (ENG)

Sarah Evans (Surbiton) (ENG)

Maddie Hinch (SCHC) (ENG) (GK)

Tess Howard (Durham University) (ENG)

Jo Hunter (Surbiton) (ENG)

Sarah Jones (Holcombe) (WAL)

Hannah Martin (Surbiton) (ENG)

Shona McCallin (Holcombe) (ENG)

Lizzie Neal (Loughborough Students) (ENG)

Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham) (ENG)

Hollie Pearne-Webb (Surbiton) (ENG) (C)

Izzy Petter (Surbiton) (ENG)

Sarah Robertson (Hampstead & Westminster) (SCO)

Amy Tennant (Reading) (GK)

Anna Toman (Wimbledon) (ENG)

Susannah Townsend (Canterbury) (ENG)

Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead) (ENG)

Charlotte Watson (Dundee Wanderers) (SCO)


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