Saturday’s 2-1 victory over South Africa, coupled with Korea’s 2-2 draw with Spain, means that England cannot be caught in the race for the semi finals and will progress to the final four along with the hosts Argentina, who beat China 2-0.
20 years ago in Sydney, England reached their only previous World Cup semi final against the Netherlands. After going down to the Dutch, England ultimately finished fourth, narrowly beaten to the bronze medal by Korea who won the third place playoff 3-2.
Who England meet in the semi finals is dependent on where they finish in Pool B after Monday’s clash with Argentina (23:30 BST) but it will certainly be one of three sides - the Netherlands, Germany or Australia – all of whom are placed above England in the International Hockey Federation’s world rankings.
Las Leonas, as Argentina are known, are the favourites for the crown and backed by a capacity 12000 strong partisan home crowd they will prove a stern challenge for England’s young side on Monday evening. A win for England would put them through to the semi finals as the Pool B winners while a draw or defeat would see England finish second in the Pool and facing the winners of Pool A. In Nottingham in July, England beat the world’s number two side in the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy before Argentina went on to lift the trophy while England won a first ever Champions Trophy medal, bronze.
Monday 6 September 2010
Pool B: Argentina v England – 19:30 local time; 23:30 BST
Thursday 9 September 2010
Semi Final 1: 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B – 16:30 local time; 20:30 BST
Semi Final 2: 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A – 19:30 local time; 23:30 BST
Saturday 11 September 2010
Bronze Medal Match: Loser Semi 1 v Loser Semi 2 - 16:30 local time; 20:30 BST
Final: Winners Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2 - 19:30 local time; 23:30 BST
World rankings of possible World Cup semi finalists
The England Hockey Board will consider interview requests for the forthcoming week for members of the England Hockey World Cup squad. If you wish to request an interview, please contact Lawrence West on 01628 897509 (office), 07525 987283 or [email protected].
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