England downed by hosts at Junior World Cup

Chris Proctor breaks away from the India defence

India 5 (2)
Parvinder Singh 24 (FG)
Armaan Qureshi 35 (FG)
Harmanpreet Singh 37 (PC)
Simranjeet Singh 45 (FG)
Varun Kumar 59 (PC)

England 3 (1)
Jack Clee 10 (FG)
Will Calnan 63 (FG)
Ed Horler 67 (PC)

England’s U21s slipped to a 5-3 defeat to hosts India in their second pool match of the Junior World Cup. Despite goals from Jack Clee, Will Calnan and Ed Horler, Jon Belby’s side were left to rue India’s ruthless streak in front of goal as the hosts moved to the top of the pool with one game to play at this stage.

India’s partisan home crowd were silenced in the tenth minute. A great run from Liam Sanford broke through and set up Clee who finished beautifully, lobbing the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Both sides had their chances but on 24 minutes India levelled the scores. A goalmouth scramble was eventually converted by Parvinder Singh who forced the ball home. On the stroke of half time it was 2-1 to Harendra Singh’s side. A left wing cross found its way to Armann Quereshi at the far post and he made no mistake.

After the break India did not give England a chance to settle and within two minutes of the restart Harmanpreet Singh beat Chris Wyver with a low penalty corner to make it 3-1. A fourth soon followed as Harjeet Singh’s run and exchange of passes paved the way for Simranjeet Singh to apply the finish from close range. Varun Kumar’s drag flick made it 5-1 and England were staring down the barrel. To their credit, Jon Bleby’s side refused to roll over and with seven minutes left Calnan’s deflected pass looped in to reduce the arrears. With four minutes to go Horler pinged in another penalty corner for his third goal of the tournament to make it 5-3 but it was too little, too late for England.

England are now second in the pool behind India but level on three points with South Africa. A win against Canada in their final pool game would take Bleby’s side into the quarter finals.

You can see live streaming of the matches on the FIH YouTube Channel. Please note, England's next match against Canada at 430am UK time is not being shown.

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