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England fear weather could hit World Cup preparation

Champions Trophy highlights - England sixth after loss to Spain

England hope the recent poor weather at home will not ruin their chances at the next month's World Cup in India.

Coach Jason Lee will take his squad of 17 for warm weather training in Spain and Qatar over the next six weeks.

"The winter conditions will be making it difficult for players to progress their physical conditioning," said Lee.

"Luckily, we had already decided to concentrate on indoor hockey at this time of the year and the players have been performing excellently indoors."

Lee has named a provisional squad and hopes that either Simon Mantell of Reading or Surbiton's James Tindall will return from foot injuries in time to take the 18th spot.

Otherwise, the only addition to the squad that won the European Championships last August is 20-year-old Nick Catlin of Loughborough Students.

Catlin impressed at December's Champions Trophy in Australia, although England won just one match in six against the world's top teams and finished last in sixth place.

England, currently ranked sixth in the world, will play in World Cup Pool B where they have been drawn with 2009 Champions Trophy winners Australia, South Africa, Pakistan hosts India and Spain.

England squad: Richard Alexander, Alastair Brogdon, Nick Brothers, Nick Catlin, Jonty Clarke, Matt Daly, Adam Dixon, James Fair, Ben Hawes, Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham, Iain Mackay, Richard Mantell, Barry Middleton, Rob Moore, Richard Smith, Alastair Wilson. 18th member: Simon Mantell or James Tindall

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