England breeze past France and ito the semi-finals

Three PC goals from Ashley Jackson, a brace each from James Tindall and Richard Alexander and one from Adam Dixon took England to first place in Pool B on goal difference.

With Netherlands likely to reclaim top spot after their game with Ireland, that would leave England to face Germany in a Friday night semi-final (9pm local, 8pm UK). Germany had an equally easy win in their final pool game hitting seven unanswered goals against Russia.

England skipper Barry Middleton said he was excited about teh prospect of playing the Germans in front of a big home crowd in Moenchengladbach. “We have showed here and in other tournaments that we raise ourselves for games like that,” he said.