Hockey ace Alex handed national call-up

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Promising hockey player Alex Blumfield has set his sights on full international honours in the future after being selected to represent England Under-18 boys at the European Championships in Cork, Republic of Ireland, commencing on Sunday.

The Bury St Edmunds-based ace caught the eye of the national selectors at the England Hockey Futures Cup held in Cannock last autumn before impressing further during training camps in Cologne, Germany, and again in Canterbury against Belgium.

And having done enough to secure his place in the final 18-man squad, the 17-year-old Culford School pupil, who learned to play hockey at Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club before moving to play with Cambridge City, is now desperate to make his mark and further his progression at national level.

“I’m really proud to have been selected in the final 18-man squad,” said Blumfield, who will be hoping to feature in England’s group games against Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

“I was a little surprised when the squad was announced but I have worked really hard and think I did enough.

“Thankfully the selectors also thought I did enough to deserve a place.

“It is my first major tournament with England and so that is really exciting.

“Hopefully this will be the start of me playing for England. My aim now is to keep working hard and work my way through the different age groups.

“If I can do that then hopefully I can one day be selected for the main squad.”