Belgium vs England Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 | Belgium vs England
Now we know the four teams who have made it to the semi-final stage of Hockey World Cup 2018. Belgium and England will be colliding in the first semi-final whereas, defending champions Australia will be up against Netherlands. The winners from both the semi-finals will advance to the finals while the losers will lock horns with each other on the final day for the third place or Bronze Medal.
Belgium have had an amazing world cup thus far as they are among the two sides left who have not lost a single game along with Australia.
In the league stage, they won comprehensively 2 of their 3 games but against India, they were settled for a 2-2 draw. That was the only game where they were pushed to their limits in an otherwise dominating performance.
After barely making it to the cross-overs, England are now standing head to head with the likes of Australia, Belgium and Netherlands.
They went into the cross-overs as the third-placed side in their Pool but turn the tables around by assaulting New Zealand 2-0. They then went on to the quarterfinals and faced the Olympic champions Argentina whom they tamed 3-2 to set this date against Belgium.
When: December 15, 07:00 PM, IST
Where: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
England: Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Harry Gibson, Will Calnan, George Pinner Phil Roper, Michael Hoare, Jack Waller, Luke Taylor, David Condon, Harry Martin Sam Ward, David Ames, James Gall, Ian Sloan, Barry Middleton, Liam Sanford, Zach Wallace.
Belgium: Vincent Vanasch(GK), Felix Denayer, Cédric Charlier, Victor Wegnez, John-John Dohmen, Thomas Briels, Simon Gougnard, Tom Boon, Loic Van Doren, Arthur De Sloover, Alexander Hendrickx, Arthur Van Doren, Loïck Luypaert, Emmanuel Stockbroekx, Sébastien Dockier, Nicolas De Kerpel, Gauthier Boccard, Florent van Aubel.
England: Pinner George(GK), Adam Dixon, David Ames, Barry Middleton, Mark Gleghorne, Liam Ansell, James Gall, David Condon, Luke Taylor, Harry Martin, Liam Sanford. (Doubt: Will Calnan)
Belgium: Vincent Vanash(GK), Arthur de Sloover, Arthur van Doren, Gauthier Boccard, Florent van Aubel, Simon Gougnard, Loick Luyparet, Felix Denayer, Alexander Hendrickx, Thomas Briels, Sebastien Dockier. (Doubt: Tom Boon)
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Belgium: Arthur van Doren, Florent van Aubel, Felix Denayer, Sebastien Dockier and Alexander Hendrickx are the players to rely upon.
England: Mark Gleghorne, Liam Ansell, David Condon and Harry Martin will be the best bets from England.