FIH Pro League: Martin hoping to help GB maintain momentum at home
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 April 2019
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After winning the League Finals with Hampstead & Westminster, Harry Martin and Will Calnan will hope to help Great Britain's men to FIH Pro League success over the course of this summer.
Having won three of their first four matches, Danny Kerry's squad face 10 fixtures in less than two months, including seven in London, and take on Germany in Moenchengladbach for the first of those assignments this weekend.
Their first home match is the following weekend against Spain, who they beat in an 11-goal thriller to kickstart the competition back in late January.
And although Martin has yet to play in the FIH Pro League, the 26-year-old already has 201 international caps (120 England, 81 GB) and 17 goals (12 England, 5 GB) to his name, the second highest number of appearances in the current squad behind Beeston defender Adam Dixon (243).
He said: “I had a foot injury from the World Cup, then broke my thumb in training when I was coming back, but I've been back playing for three or four weeks and I'm really enjoying it.
“I hope to be involved. We've only played four games which is a lot less than the others, but the feedback has been really positive.
“The games have been exciting, high scoring, and from the outside looking it and what I've heard it has been a success so far.
“I've got to stay fit now and try and enjoy any opportunity I get. I'm confident, if I'm feeling good, I can play well and keep my spot. The games in London will be great with big crowds.”
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Hampstead clubmate Calnan, who celebrated his 23rd birthday last week, made his GB debut last June and played in the 2-0 defeat against Australia in Perth in February. He has 14 caps (9 England, 5 GB) to date and two goals on England duty.
But competition for places is fierce and GB head into their busy schedule on the back of a stunning 5-1 win over defending Olympic champions Argentina in their own back yard this month.
Martin added: “Will is one of those players who does things a lot aren't able to do. He's a huge talent and was massive for Hampstead at Lee Valley.
“I'm really excited to see what he can do. He's probably the quickest with a ball I've ever played with. He's electric.
“He's a funny guy too. He's always got something to say! I enjoy spending time with him and we've become good friends.
“I hope I can help him out from time to time and give him advice. But he's doing really well and the trajectory he is on is impressive.”
Coach Danny Kerry certainly has a job on his hand with regards to selection, with so many good players at his disposal.
And Martin hopes that shows in GB's results this summer, adding: “There were times in the past when the team picked itself but we've not got 30 who can step in and all do a job and more.
“I wouldn't want to be in Danny's position. It's probably the most talented squad in terms of depth and I hope that shows in our results.”