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State of Play: New-look England men in strong position to make next step

When England have the ball in the opposition half there is still a slight lack of creativity

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Rupert Barker
Rupert Barker
Rupert Barker is a former premier league player with University of Edinburgh and has player coached at several clubs across the south of England. He is currently Wallingford 1s player-coach and founder of Hockey21, bringing hockey into the 21st century by creating hockey computer games.

We are on the verge of several weeks of international hockey and, although different nations take vastly varied approaches to the Pro League, we can still learn a great deal about the teams.

Casting aside differing views on whether the global league we are watching is really just a set of glorified training matches for upcoming major tournaments, what is the state of the England men’s side?

In the recent Olympic cycle, Great Britain could be criticised for a lack of ambition. They were happy to be competing with the top sides in the world, rather than beating them.

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