England U21 men's squad preparing for Junior World Cup

England's Nick Bandurak celebrates

Before the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup starts this Friday, the U21 men's squad took part in some training games against two of the teams who are also competing in the upcoming tournament.

The first game was played against India on 30 November, which after an hour-long match the home team won 3-1. India opened the scoring in the first 20 minutes, but England came straight back with a goal from open play by Tom Morris, one of the squad's travelling reserves when the tournament begins. From then England put on the pressure to try and get ahead, but India were up to the challenge and kept up their defense. India took the win in the last 20 mins, scoring two more goals.

After a rest day, the second phase of training began with another hour-long match, this time against France and where England won 2-0. Nick Bandurak and James Gall both placed themselves on the scoresheet with a goal each from open play in the last 30 minutes of the game. After the games, Jon Bleby said "I was very satisfied with this last phase of training. All the players look fit for the World Cup and I'm looking forward to our first match against South Africa on Friday"

England are up against Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa in Pool D. To read more about the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup, take a look at our International Fixtures pages. Earlier this week the squad for the tournament was announced, which you can read about here.