The story in full: England's journey to fourth at the World Cup

George Pinner and Ian Sloan at the Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup
England finished fourth at the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup in Bhubaneswar, putting in some excellent performances to end 2018 on a positive note. The campaign started way back in the summer of 2017, and we've got a full recap here of the side's progress.

Hockey World League
The path to the World Cup began in London in the summer of 2017, when the Hockey World League Semi Final took place at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. A 4-1 win over Malaysia sealed third place, England scoring 28 goals in seven games in a cracking ten days of hockey on home soil.



World Cup pool stage
England started the pool stage with a draw and a defeat, being held 2-2 by China before a 0-3 scoreline against Australia. That meant the final pool game against Ireland was all-or-nothing, and goals from David Condon, Liam Ansell, James Gall and Mark Gleghorne sealed a 4-2 victory.



Crossover
New Zealand posed a tricky test as the knockout stages got underway, but strikes from Will Calnan and Luke Taylor proved decisive. Spookily, forward Sam Ward - sadly out through injury - predicted both Calnan and Taylor would be on the scoresheet!



Semi final
Olympic Champions Argentina stood in the way of a semi final place, but Danny Kerry's side dug incredibly deep and deservedly came out on top. Argentina went 1-0 up, but Barry Middleton and Will Calnan put England in front. Again Argentina found the net, but Harry Martin's quickfire response proved decisive.



Semi final
Sadly, Belgium proved far too strong for England on the day, running out comprehensive 6-0 winners. England came close on a couple of occasions, particularly in the third quarter, but a third Belgian goal right on 45 minutes made the task impossible and England faced a bronze medal game the following day.

Bronze medal match
2010 and 2014 winners Australia proved too strong for England on the day, running out 8-1 winners after a top class performance. Barry Middleton scored a consolation for England, and it was a cruel end to what had been an excellent campaign.

Top scorers
Including Hero Hockey World League semi final and Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup.

Sam Ward 8
Mark Gleghorne 7
Barry Middleton 7
Harry Martin 3
Phil Roper 3
Will Calnan 2
Liam Ansell 2
David Ames 2
James Gall 1
David Condon 1
Luke Taylor 1
David Goodfield 1
Chris Griffiths 1

Appearances
Including Hero Hockey World League semi final and Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup to date.

David Ames 14
Harry Martin 14
Ian Sloan 14
Michael Hoare 14
Mark Gleghorne 14
Phil Roper 14
Adam Dixon 14
Barry Middleton 14
David Condon 14
Liam Sanford 14
George Pinner 13
Chris Griffiths 7
Luke Taylor 7
Liam Ansell 7
Jack Waller 7
James Gall 7
Will Calnan 7
Zach Wallace 7
Ollie Willars 7
Henry Weir 7
Sam Ward 7
Brendan Creed 7
David Goodfield 7
Harry Gibson 3