Simon_Mantell_in_GB_kitJanuary 31 - Four of England's most experienced hockey players, who have yet to win indoor caps, including Simon Mantell (pictured), have been named in the men's squad for the FIH Indoor World Cup in Poland next month.

Captain Barry Middleton, James Tindall, Mantell and Rob Moore have more than 600 outdoor international appearances between them but have yet to feature for England in a major indoor tournament.

All four played for England in their warm-up at the invitational Leipzig Messestadt Cup earlier this month and have been called up by indoor head coach Andy Halliday following several months of training camps.

England face stiff competition in Poznan having been drawn in Pool B alongside Austria, the Czech Republic, Iran, Russia and the USA.

Eight of the 12 players selected were on show at Wembley Arena yesterday as the domestic indoor season came to its exciting conclusion at the super sixes National Indoor Hockey Finals.

Announcing his squad, Andy Halliday said: "There is no doubt that our first trip to the Indoor World Cup will be a very tough challenge.

"We don't have a great deal of indoor experience, but our outdoor hockey ability will increase our chances of success.

"We have a group of players that will be well organised in defence, but which also has the ability to create plenty of scoring opportunities at the other end.

"With the London Olympics only 18 months away, this is another opportunity to experience high calibre competition in pressurised surroundings.

"I have no doubt that we will all benefit from the experience."

The six day tournament, which runs from February 8-13 February, will be England's first Indoor World Cup.

Squad: Nick Brothers, George Pinner, Richard Alexander, Richard Mantell, Richard Smith, Richard Springham, Glenn Kirkham, Iain Mackay, Barry Middleton, Rob Moore, Simon Mantell, James Tindall.