Fran earns England hockey call

Fran Crossley in her England Masters kit
Fran Crossley in her England Masters kit

Horsham Hockey Club’s goalscoring legend Fran Crossley has a shot at World Cup glory after her selection for England Masters

Fran, 44, from Barns Green, has been picked to represent the England Over 40s team in the Masters World Cup in Canterbury, starting on Friday.

And she believes England have got a genuine chance of silverware after success in the Home Nations tournament, when she scored four goals.

“There is a chance we could win it, we have a really strong team. The likes of Australia, who have a lot of strong girls and New Zealand will be the toughest opposition,” she said.

Fran, who estimates she has netted around 400 times for Horsham, faces a gruelling schedule of six matches in eight days, against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, ireland and Scotland.

She added: “It’s going to be quite full on, I have been doing additional running and weights to get myself fot for it, and I hope it pays off. I am looking forward to it, its my first World Cup, although I have been playing for England for three years.”

And coming hot the heels of Team GB’s bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, the tournament is well timed.

Fran, watched Crista Cullen and company beat New Zealand in the third place play-off at the Riverbank Arena. She said: “Hopefully we can take inspiration from them.

“There should be quite a crowd down there. The coverage and sponsorship in hockey has improved in recent years.”