West London will definitely have a hockey representative at the Commonwealth Games following today's announcements of the England squads.
Defender Michael Hoare, who lives in Chiswick, will be looking to add to his 52 England caps, and is part of a 16-strong men's squad picked for Glasgow.
The 29 year, who plays his club hockey for Wimbledon is from the north west originally and turned down trials for both county tennis and Tranmere Rovers FC to focus on his hockey.
Also in the squad is fellow defender Dan Fox, who played his hockey in west London for Hampstead & Westminster before recently moving to Holcombe.
The 31 year old, who has 75 caps to his name, was part of the England side who finished fourth at the Hockey World Cup earlier this month, along with Hoare.
Also part of that side was former Brunel University man Dan Shingles, but the Reading player this time misses out.
Even England head coach Bobby Crutchley has a west London connection, having featured for the now-defunct Hounslow Hockey Club during his playing career.
Crutchley has previously worked with the England U21 squad, where he worked alongside Bo Koolen, the former director of coaching at Hounslow.
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said: “I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to both the men's and women's hockey squads. Nineteen of the 32 players will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts, with the remainder providing a huge amount of international experience, including our two captains who have five Commonwealth Games between them. They will compete in London prior to their arrival in Glasgow which will aide their final preparations as they head into Glasgow."
Hockey Team Leader Danny Kerry added: “I’m excited about the two teams we are bringing to Glasgow 2014; the Commonwealth Games represent one of the highlights of an athletes’ career and I know and understand the importance that all involved place on performing to their best at such a prestigious event.”
England's men have been drawn in a pool alongside Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago.