Barry Middleton, second right.
Marlow’s Barry Middleton - the most capped player in the history of Great Britain and England Hockey – has announced his retirement from international hockey.
Barry’s 432 caps and 119 goals for GB and England make him one of the sport’s most successful athletes.
He’s played in four Olympic games, four World Cups, eight European Championships and four Commonwealth Games and was named in the world team of the year on three occasions. Fittingly – and perhaps most impressively given his longevity – he was also nominated for the FIH World Player of the year award in 2018. At club level the Marlow-based player has represented Doncaster, Cannock, East Grinstead and Holcombe, as well as Der Club an der Alster in Germany, HGC in Holland and Ranchi Rays in India.
Middleton said: “I have been thinking about this decision since Rio and now is the right time for me to step away from international hockey.
“Priorities in my life have shifted and I am excited to move on to the next phase. I feel I have given everything I possibly could to get the best out of myself in the last fifteen years, none more so than the build up to the world cup last December and I'm not sure I could motivate myself to that level again.
“It has been an honour to represent my country for so many years and it has been a dream job for me. I hope people could see just how much I enjoy playing the game whether at an Olympics or with Sandy and Redders on the cabbage patch back in Donny. Thanks to everyone who has coached, played with or supported me during my career. I look forward to sitting back and watching Great Britain and England knowing that they are in a good place to challenge the best in the world and I will be supporting them every step of the way.”
GB teammate Sam Ward said on Twitter: “A true legend who we will miss greatly.”