Hockey: Barry Middleton must wait to break world caps record
Doncaster hockey legend Barry Middleton will have to wait until 2020 to become the world's most capped player after being left out of Great Britain's squad for theÂ first FIH Pro League.
Middleton, 34,Â has chosenÂ to take a break from international hockeyÂ for the January to June Pro League dates.
The new global league replaces the World Leagues and acts as qualification for the World Cup and Olympics.
Middleton, a graduate of Doncaster Hockey Club,Â currently has 432 caps, 21 behind Dutch great Teun de Nooijer's 453.
He was set to break the recordÂ around next summer's EuroHockey championships but now, in all likelihood, it will beÂ 2020.
Middleton has just returned from his fourth World Cup, where England finished fourth.Â