Wycombe Hockey Club coach Ian Sloan has been picked in the England squad for the World Cup in India.

Head coach Danny Kerry has selected a squad of 18 with two travelling reserves in a team which boasts both youth and experience, with players who have competed in multiple World Cups lining up alongside 13 athletes for whom this will be their first.

Zach Wallace (18), Jack Waller (21) and Rhys Smith (21) are the youngest players to be selected having impressed in recent months, while Barry Middleton will compete at his fourth World Cup and Adam Dixon his third.

“The athletes have been working hard and embracing new ideas over the last eight weeks in the build up to World Cup selection and we could not have asked more from the team in terms of attitude and application,” Kerry said.

In Pool B alongside England are reigning champions, three-time winners and current world number one Australia. Ireland will also provide very stiff competition alongside China.

England have finished fourth in the last two editions of the tournament in 2010 and 2014.