Hockey: International cap landmark for Barry Middleton

Barry Middleton
Barry Middleton

Doncaster born hockey star Barry Middleton has become England and Great Britain’s most capped player of all time.

Middleton, 30, surpassed Russell Garcia’s previous record of 307 appearances in England’s World Cup warm up defeat to Australia on Saturday.

The former Hall Cross School pupil and Doncaster Hockey Club product has captained his country since 2009.

He will lead England out in their World Cup opener against Spain in the Netherlands on Saturday.

England head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “As a player Barry is a consummate professional.

“His approach to both his training and his own personal development allows him to keep making improvements even after a decade of playing at the very top.

“As a captain, he leads by example and is incredibly selfless; all the lads in the squad have a huge amount of respect for him.

“It’s been great to watch his leadership of the group develop across the five years since he took the captain’s armband back in 2009.”