Govers gets Kookaburras World Cup call

Albion Park's London Olympian Kieran Govers will be one of 10 Kookaburras players returning to defend the men's hockey World Cup title they won four years ago.

Coach Ric Charlesworth on Monday named an 18-man Australian squad boasting enormous experience for the World Cup in the Netherlands from May 31-June 15.

Keiran Govers has been chosen in the Kookaburras World Cup squad. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Keiran Govers has been chosen in the Kookaburras World Cup squad. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Only three players have made fewer than 50 senior national team appearances.

Kookaburras legends Jamie Dwyer and Liam De Young will be heading to their fourth World Cup 12, years after their first.

They're joined by Govers, Rob Hammond, Fergus Kavanagh, Mark Knowles, Eddie Ockenden, Simon Orchard, Matthew Swann and Glenn Turner, who all played in the last World Cup in Delhi in 2010.

The newer faces include 21-year-old Jeremy Hayward from the Northern Territory, who made his senior debut in last month's winning Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign in Malaysia, WA's Aran Zalewski, Queenslander Jake Whetton and Victorian Glenn Simpson.

"Jeremy Hayward and Aran Zalewski have earned their spots through what they've done in the past few months," said Charlesworth.

Only Pakistan (1978 and 1982) and Germany (2002 and 2006) have successfully defended a men's World Cup title.

The squad: Andrew Charter (ACT), Chris Ciriello (Vic), Liam De Young (Qld), Jamie Dwyer (Qld), Russell Ford (Vic), Kieran Govers (NSW), Rob Hammond (Qld), Jeremy Hayward (NT), Fergus Kavanagh (WA), Mark Knowles (Qld), Tyler Lovell (WA), Eddie Ockenden (Tas), Simon Orchard (NSW), Glenn Simpson (Vic), Matthew Swann (Qld), Glenn Turner (NSW), Jake Whetton (Qld), Aran Zalewski (WA).Coach: Ric Charlesworth.

AAP

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