Bhubaneswar, 8 December 2014: With the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014 picking up pace, the teams are even more enthusiastic and energised as they ready themselves for the third day of the tournament. While Belgium is all pepped up with the 2-1 win over Pakistan in the opener and a 4-4 draw against the world champions Australia yesterday, a bumper 8-2 triumph over Pakistan and 3-1 victory against Australia is helping England in gearing up extra confidence for the next pool match. The Belgium – England game is scheduled to be played on 9 December 2014, at the Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar.
Both the teams have been playing at their best, showcasing world-class hockey and have not lost a single game in the ongoing title fight which makes their impending clash even more fascinating to look out for.
Prior to this, in the last couple of years, the two teams have had a head-on in the pool phase of Rabobank World Cup 2014 where England drubbed Belgium 3-2 in a close match. They had also met earlier in the Hero Hockey World League 2014 – Quarter Finals, played at New Delhi, where England had defeated Belgium 1-0 in the game. With respect to the ongoing championship, Belgium played England in the Hockey Champions Trophy 2012 for the 5th-8th place playoff and Belgium blanked England 4-0 to finish off fifth in the final standings.
Speaking on the next match against Belgium, England Captain Barry Middleton said, “I am happy with the manner in which we have been performing, especially the way we played against Pakistan in the last match. We are in good spirits and looking forward to our next game against Belgium tomorrow.”
Happy with his team’s performance, England Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We have had a very good start and we are much energised. I am happy with the performance of the boys. Every match is a learning experience for us and we are excited for the upcoming matches. It’s an open tournament; the boys are confident and in good shape after winning two consecutive matches. We are looking forward to performing our best against Belgium tomorrow.”
Commenting on the next scheduled game, Belgium Captain John-John Dohmen said, “Every time we play we make sure we are better than the last game. The team is confident after the prior performance in the two matches against Pakistan and Australia and we are anticipating a good competition tomorrow when we take-on England.”
Talking on the upcoming match, Coach of Belgium Jeroen Delmee said, “England have been playing really well and we are expecting a high intensity match with them, tomorrow. We aim at playing better than the last game and eventually post a win against England.”