Tindall's 50th sees England through

James Tindall (c) hockeyimages.co.ukIn thrilling and dramatic circumstances, England’s men secured their passage to the semi finals of the Commonwealth Games as Surbiton forward James Tindall (pictured) scored a fairytale 50th goal for England four minutes from time to ensure the European champions finish top of Pool B in Delhi.

The result, coupled with India's 7-4 blockbuster win over Pakistan, means England will now face the hosts and their partisan fans for a place in the final. 

In soaring temperatures, England’s work rate and dedication was second to none as they beat South Africa 2-1 in their final group match, guaranteeing they finish ahead of New Zealand and the South Africans irrespective of the Kiwis’ result against Canada.

An outstanding early goal from World Young Player of the Year Ashley Jackson inside ten minutes set England on their way and Jason Lee’s side recovered well from losing an equaliser with Tindall writing his own script to steer England through with a late winner.

The England v India semi final will take place at 1:00pm BST (5:30pm Delhi time) on Monday.

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