Next up at the World Cup: England take on Ireland at 1:30pm on Friday

England training at the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup
England's next opponents in the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup are Ireland, with the game taking place at 1:30pm UK time on Friday 7 December, live on BT Sport 1HD.

Danny Kerry's side drew their first game with China 1-1, and then lost 3-0 to holders Australia in their second match.

A win for England or Ireland would see them progress at the expense of the other team. There are other permutations that would see England progess - click here for a full rundown.

The game sees the Gleghornes do battle, with England's Mark taking on his brother Paul, who lines up for Ireland. Mark has spoken to The Times about the sibling rivalry. He said, “He’s a complete pain in the backside to play against! He just always manages to get in the way.”

The two teams have only met once in a World Cup, England winning 2-0. England play their 88th match in World Cup history, and are in search of a 41st win. So far we have registered 163 goals.

This will be the 570th match in men's World Cup history, and so far 2276 goals have been scored in the tournament's history.

What they said
England's George Pinner commented, “I was really pleased with large parts of our performance against Australia, we stuck to the game plan and were very much in the game. The final scoreline was frustrating but I think there were lots of positives for us to build on and take into the final group game.

"Friday is a big game, but we have been in this position before. We will do everything we can to prepare properly both mentally and physically to give ourselves the best chance of progressing.”

Ireland coach Alexander Cox commented, "The game against England is very important, as it was always going to be, for both sides. We know what we need to do and are entirely focused on that. We have nothing to lose against England."

Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Pool B = After two rounds of fixtures