BEL VS ENG: Belgium’s Red Lions recorded an emphatic 2-1 victory over Germany to secure their first World Cup semi-final appearance. Finished second on their group earlier, Belgium defeated four times champions Pakistan 5-0 in their crossover playoff. The Olympic silver medallists and World no. 3 Belgium do look in good shape to go the distance.
England, on the other hand, would be riding high on confidence after they defeated Olympic champions Argentina 3-2 on Wednesday to seal a semi-final berth. In the crossover playoff, the English beat New Zealand to enter the last 8.
ENGLAND VS BELGIUM SQUADS
England Hockey squad: Harry Gibson, Barry Middleton, Harry Martin, David Ames, Ian Sloan, Zach Wallace, James Gall, Phil Roper, David Condon, Will Calnan, Sam Ward, George Pinner, Adam Dixon, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, Jack Waller, Michael Hoare and Luke Taylor.
Belgium Hockey squad: Thomas Briels, Florent van Aubel, Nicolas De Kerpel, Vincent Vanasch, Loic Van Doren, Arthur De Sloover, Arthur Van Doren, Loïck Luypaert, Alexander Hendrickx, Gauthier Boccard, Antoine Kina, Simon Gougnard, John-John Dohmen, Victor Wegnez, Felix Denayer, Sébastien Dockier, Cédric Charlier and Tom Boon.
BEL VS ENG PLAYING 11
BEL Playing 11 and substitutes: van DOREN Arthur, van AUBEL Florent, CHARLIER Cédric, BOCCARD Gauthier, HENDRICKX Alexander, BRIELS Thomas, DENAYER Felix, VANASCH Vincent, GOUGNARD Simon, de SLOOVER Arthur, BOON Tom
ENG Playing 11 and substitutes: PINNER George, AMES David, MARTIN Harry, SLOAN Ian, HOARE Michael, GLEGHORNE Mark, DIXON Adam, MIDDLETON Barry, ANSELL Liam, GALL James, SANFORD Liam, WALLACE Zachary, CALNAN Will, LUYPAERT Loïck