A disastrous EuroHockey championships was confirmed for England’s men today. The draw against Wales was always going to heap the pressure on Danny Kerry’s men and they could not get the job done against Spain.
The first half was mostly in Spain’s favour in terms of play, however Sam Ward was able to pop up and convert a deflection near the penalty spot to give England an undeserved lead.
Is it time for England and GB to drop the rule about playing in England? The Irish are reaping the reward of playing in Belgium and the Netherlands. The two best domestic leagues in the world offer players a chance to play hockey five to six days a week with professional set ups at most clubs in Belgium and all of the major clubs in the Netherlands. The players are paid by clubs and “live hockey”.