Saturday, December 4, 2021

European Hockey 2021: England aim for redemption in Amsterdam

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

England men and women set out for their EuroHockey 2021 campaign bidding to atone for a forgettable last Championship and secure Hockey World Cup berths when the tournament pushes back next Friday.

In finishing fourth two years ago, England women failed to win a medal for the first time in 16 years after a shoot-out defeat to Spain, following a record 8-0 defeat to Holland. Further, with the men’s fifth-place finish, England recorded their worst showing in 35 years at a combined Championships.

There are several scenarios this time in Amsterdam, with England men needing to finish fifth or higher, while a top four should be enough for England women to qualify outright for the next World Cups.

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