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Liam Sanford: RAF Star Makes England's Eurohockey Championships Squad

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Senior Aircraftman Liam Sanford has been selected to represent England in the upcoming Eurohockey championships. 

The RAF star will join up with the team for the tournament being held in the Netherlands between 4 and 13 June.

SAC Sanford has been a key player in defence for both England and Great Britain for the last few years including an impressive summer at the World Cup in 2019.

With World Cup qualification on offer, England's men will face reigning world champions Belgium and 2019 runners-up Spain in their group.

Their opening game is against Russia on 5 June.

In order to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in India, the England side will need to finish in fifth place or higher at the tournament. 

SAC Sanford is also in contention for the Great Britain squad travelling to Tokyo for the Olympic Games this summer – that squad is expected to be announced on or around 17 June.

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SAC Liam Sanford has worked his way into an important spot of England's defence over recent years.

He spoke to Forces News earlier this month about the possibility of an Olympic call-up, saying: "It's pretty easy to say what it would mean.

"Obviously, it's what you've been working for since you basically started the game.

"It would be an amazing moment – not just for me but for my family and my partner who has supported me throughout this journey.

"All I can do at the moment is keep my head down, focus and do what I can do.

"If I don't get selected, at least I know that I've given 110%," he added.

Meanwhile, RAF reservist Emily Dark has been selected to represent Scotland at the championships in the Netherlands.

Dark joined 603 Squadron last year to train as a reservist in the RAF Regiment and is hoping to become the squadron's first-ever female RAF regiment Gunner.

While not playing international hockey or training, Emily is studying physics at the University of St Andrews.

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