Danson and Hinch preview Semi-Final with New Zealand

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England duo Alex Danson and Maddie Hinch have expressed the squads excitement ahead of their semi-final with New Zealand tomorrow at the Sentinel Homes World Hockey League Finals in Auckland.

The squad booked their place in the final four with a 2-1 win over the United States of America as Sophie Bray bagged a brace to see England past the Americans.

In the other semi-final the Netherlands take on Korea with the bronze medal and final matches taking place on Sunday.

Danson said: “We’re delighted with our performance against what is an athletic and strong USA team. We had really good control in the first half with our defence looking really solid and we are all really excited for the opportunity to play New Zealand on home turf.

Hinch added: “We have been slowly progressing throughout the tournament and momentum is building and carrying us through. We showed more of what we are about against the USA, defending soundly as a unit and creating chances with speed on the break.

“What could be better than playing New Zealand in a semi-final in New Zealand, there will be a big crowd in under the lights and we are ready to go out and put in our best performance.”

You can watch the action live on BT Sport at 7.15am.