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The might of The Netherlands, Germany and Ireland will face Scotland in the EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp from 16 to 25 August after the Blue Sticks won EuroHockey Championship II two years ago in Glasgow.

Germany, ranked No 7 in the world, are Scotland’s first opponents on Saturday, 17 August (12:30) followed by 11th-ranked Ireland (14:45) the next day.

They then face The Netherlands, ranked No 3 in the world, on Tuesday, 20 August (17.00).

Only three of the squad play in Scotland, Callum Duke of Glasgow side Hillhead, Aidan McQuade of Dundee-based Grove Menzieshill and Grange player Duncan Riddell.

All the rest play in England or on the Continent in Germany and Holland and France.

A notable absentee is crocked skipper Chris Grassick, formerly of Edinburgh side Inverleith, but ex-Kelburne stars Alan Forsyth and Lee Morton feature.

They were in the Great Britain squad for the FIH Pro League campaign which saw Great Britain reach the semi-finals.

Talented young Dundonian Cammy Golden, who now plays in Holland, is also included after helping Scotland under-21 to gold medal success in under-21 EuroHockey Championship II last month.

SCOTLAND: Tommy Alexander and Michael Bremner and Gavin Byers (UHC Hamburg), Tim Atkins and Alan Forsyth and Nick Parkes (Surbiton), Kenny Bain (Hurley), Andy Bull (Old Georgians), Murray Collins (Teddington), Callum Duke (Hillhead), Craig Falconer (Reading), David Forrester (Montrouge), Cammy Golden (Klein Zwitserland), Ed Greaves (Loughborough), Callum MacKenzie (Cardiff Met), Aidan McQuade (Grove Menzieshill), Lee Morton (Old Georgians), Duncan Riddell (Grange)

Our picture by John Preece shows Scotland after their win in Glasgow in 2017

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