Forward Jonathan Phillips is set to become the most-capped player in Great Britain history this evening as GB face Austria in the World Championship in Finland.Phillips will move onto 111 caps – one ahead of Ashley Tait – when the two sides meet the Nokia Arena in Tampere at 20:20 (18:20 UK).
The 39-year-old made his World Championship debut in 2003 and this is his 22nd tournament as a GB player. He’s been captain since 2012.
Phillips said: “It’s pretty surreal to be honest. Andy (Buxton) told me the other day. It’s what dreams are made of to be perfectly honest.
“It really doesn’t seem that long ago that I first came into the programme. I enjoy playing for my country so much. It really does mean so much to me.
“To be able to play this long for my country is an absolute dream and something I am very, very proud of.”
GB Head Coach, Pete Russell, said: “Jonathan has been an outstanding player for GB for nearly 20 years.
“He leads by example and is a leader in the locker room. Jono is the heartbeat of the room and is consistently at the top of his game.
“It is no surprise that he’s broken the record. He keeps himself in great shape and is a top-class player.”
General Manager, Andy Buxton, said: “Congratulations to Jonathan who today will become the most-capped GB player of all-time.
“A phenomenal record for an outstanding person and leader of the GB team. Thank you.”