Source: England Hockey

Laura Unsworth to play 300th game for England/GB

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  • Sunday’s crossover game against Korea confirmed for 5pm UK time
  • Winners will face Argentina in quarter finals; loser goes into classification matches
  • Laura Unsworth to become fifth woman to reach 300 appearances for ENG/GB

England will face Korea in the crossover stage of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup and the game will take place on Sunday 10 July at 5pm UK time.

Having played their pool matches in the Netherlands, England now travel to Spain for all of their remaining games; flying out on Friday afternoon.

The winner of Sunday’s match will face Pool C winners Argentina in a quarter final on Wed 13 July. The loser goes into classification games on both Monday and Wednesday.

Laura Unsworth joins an elite group of women as she is set to play her 300th game for England and Great Britain in Sunday’s match.

As the only British hockey player to win Olympic medals at three separate games, Laura she is the most successful Briton in the history of the sport.

It is believed that only four other female players have reached 300 or more international players for England and Great Britain:

Kate Richardson-Walsh 375 (226 ENG, 149 GB)
Karen Brown 355 (209 ENG, 146 GB)
Jane Sixsmith 329 (165 ENG, 164 GB)
Alex Danson-Bennett 306 (203 ENG, 103 GB)

When lining up in Sunday’s match, 34-year-old Laura will have played 166 times for England, and a further 134 times for Great Britain. She has seven goals for England and three for Great Britain. She made her debut on 11 July 2009, almost exactly 13 years ago to the day.

It is worth noting that the Hockey Museum have done an incredible job verifying Great Britain caps, and they are in the process of doing so for England caps as well, so historic numbers may change very slightly.

Laura’s key medals:
Olympic gold medal Rio 2016
Olympic bronze medals London 2012, Tokyo 2020
World Cup bronze medal 2010
European gold medal 2015
European silver medal 2013
European bronze medals 2019, 2017
Commonwealth Games silver 2014
Commonwealth Games bronze 2018, 2010
Champions Trophy silver 2012
Champions Trophy bronze 2010
World League bronze 2013

And of course Laura still has more medals and caps to aim for as her team does battle in the current FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup in Netherlands and Spain, before going to her native Midlands for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and then on to the EuroHockey Qualifiers in Durham at the end of August.

With thanks to England Hockey