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Surbiton forward Matt Daly has been handed one final chance to win a place at this summer’s Olympics after being named in Great Britain’s squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.The seven team invitational tournament will be Great Britain’s last competition ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 28-year-old, who has an impressive strike rate of 57 goals in 142 international appearances, has not played competitively for six months because of a knee injury.
Coach Jason Lee wanted to give Daly every chance of making the final cut for this summer’s Games and his inclusion for GB’s last tournament before the Olympics gives him the opportunity to prove his fitness.
“It is great that Matt is back playing and potentially available for Olympic selection,” said Lee.
“Someone with his goalscoring ability and history in international hockey should be very competitive if fit and able to come into form over the next couple of months.
“I’m sure he will be rusty to start with as he has only been back working with a stick and ball for a week after many months out.
Daly hasn’t played competitive international hockey since late 2011. The 28-year-old forward last played for England at the Euro Hockey Nations Championships in Monch England Bach last August, where he was part of the team that won the bronze medal, scoring against Ireland and the Netherlands.
He subsequently played in a series of practice internationals before sustaining a knee injury prior to the Champions Trophy last December. The Beijing Olympian has an excellent scoring record that has so far seen him find the net 57 times in 142 England and GB appearances.
“The climate of Malaysia will be testing for our athletes, although we will complete a short acclimation programme before we leave, which will hopefully make it easier for the players to cope in the first few games.
“It is likely that the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be used to complete the Olympic selection process, although our focus whilst there will be entirely on the team’s performance and the attempt to win the tournament.”
Great Britain are the top-ranked side in the tournament, starting on May 25, which also includes the hosts, New Zealand, Korea, India, Pakistan and Argentina.
Great Britain Team Squad For Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2012:
Great Britain’s men’s hockey 18-member names squad team players list for Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2012.
GB Squad: J Fair (GK, Cannock); R Alexander, M Daly, R Moore, J Tindall (Surbiton); N Catlin, J Clarke, I Mackay (Reading); (Reading); A Dixon, A Wilson (Beeston); D Fox (Hampstead & Westminster); B Hawes (Wimbledon); A Jackson, G Kirkham, I Lewers, B Middleton (E Grinstead); H Martin (Old Loughtonians); R Smith (Loughborough Students).