Harleston Magpies graduate Tim Whiteman admits England’s group campaign in the FIH Hero Champions Trophy in India even surpassed their own confident expectations.
Their trio of Pool A matches in Bhunbaneswar could not have got off to a better start, after a 3-1 win over the world number one side, Australia, who have won the competition on the last five occasions.
Ahead of England’s quarter-final tie with Germany, being played as the Express went to print on Thursday lunchtime, Whiteman said: “That was an incredible result, especially as it was the first game of the tournament.
“To get off to that kind of start was perfect.
“The last time I played them was in the World Cup when we were beaten 5-0, so it was good to lay some demons to rest.”
The Beeston player, who grew up in Denton, near Harleston, where his parents still live, also played a role in Sunday’s 8-2 trouncing of Pakistan, which he felt was even more rewarding than the result over Australia.
“I feel like I’ve had a steady start, certainly not my best hockey, but hopefully I’m just getting into it,” said the half-back.
He added they could not have imagined a more impressive start, after drawing 1-1 with Belgium on Monday to top the group.
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