Dream Team

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE - DANNY HALL The for­mer Eng­land and Great Britain striker se­lects a tal­ent­packed XI he’d rel­ish watch­ing play to­gether.

Goal­keeper Nick Tay­lor (Guild­ford & GB)

This could eas­ily have been Si­mon Ma­son, as he is a GB leg­end, but I have cho­sen to go with my long time Guild­ford team-mate, Nick Tay­lor. Sim­i­lar in size to Ma­son and equally ca­pa­ble of match win­ning per­for­mances.

Right-back Ben Hawes (Eng­land & GB)

A qual­ity right-back with bags of skill. I played against him a num­ber of times and al­ways rel­ished the chal­lenge. He could pick great passes with huge aeri­als and was a top cor­ner flicker.

Cen­tre-backs Martin Haner (East Grin­stead & Ger­many)

Mr Con­sis­tent who won Olympic gold with Ger­many. I played with Martin at EG and his qual­ity was plain to see. He had a mas­sive de­sire to win and an abil­ity to con­trol the game from the back. He was a great cor­ner flicker too.

Jon Wy­att (Read­ing, Eng­land & GB)

I played with him for Eng­land and GB and against him at club level. A great de­fender with a mas­sive reach and also the abil­ity to hit 50 or 60-yard passes di­rect to the for­wards.

Left-back Adam Harper (East Grin­stead)

Such a solid left-half with the abil­ity to win the ball in the tackle when it looked like he was beaten. He al­ways played well in the most im­por­tant games.

Right-wing Rus­sell Gar­cia (Eng­land and GB)

One of the best, I played with Rus­sell early in my in­ter­na­tional ca­reer. His speed when in pos­ses­sion was in­cred­i­ble and he could ghost past play­ers. He was reg­u­larly the best on the pitch.

Cen­tre-mid Glenn Kirkham (East Grin­stead, Eng­land & GB)

Mr Re­li­able. I loved play­ing in the same sides as Glenn. He lit­er­ally never gave the ball away and al­ways looked to find me with a pass as soon as he could, with­out risk­ing los­ing pos­ses­sion of course. He al­ways seemed to have so much time on the ball.

Left-mid­field Ash­ley Jack­son (East Grin­stead, Eng­land & GB)

The most skil­ful player I ever played with. He could cover the ground with such pace, and on his day it was im­pos­si­ble to get the ball off him. He also read the game very well and un­der­stood the leads that I used to make bet­ter than most. A great drag flicker too.

Right-for­ward Barry Mid­dle­ton – (East Grin­stead, Hol­combe, Eng­land & GB)

He has great skill and pace, and al­ways found the quick­est, sim­plest way to get to the op­po­si­tion D. When I played with him, I al­ways felt we were go­ing to win.

Cen­tre-for­ward Rob Thomp­son (Eng­land & GB)

Rob was CF when I broke onto the in­ter­na­tional scene and I learnt loads from him. His speed in get­ting the shot away was sec­ond to none and his com­po­sure in the D was en­vi­able. He was also amaz­ingly calm in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions.

Left-for­ward Mark Pearn (East Grin­stead, Eng­land & GB)

Up there with Jack­son in terms of nat­u­ral tal­ent. He moved to mid­field half­way through his ca­reer. I’ve kept him up front in my team as I think he was a top, top goal scorer, but also loved when he threaded passes through from mid­field.

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