David Ames
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England are into the crossover stage of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, and will play against New Zealand.

The event is now into its knockout phase, and the winner of the game will face Olympic Champions Argentina in the quarter finals on Wednesday 12 December.

This will be the first time England have faced New Zealand since the 2014 Commonwealth games, when England won 4-2 on a shootout to earn the bronze medal in Glasgow.

The two sides have met three times in World Cups, with England winning all three in 2006, 1986 and 1973.

Looking ahead to England’s meeting with New Zealand, co-captain David Ames said: 

 “We haven’t played them too many times over the last few years, but we’ve seen from this tournament that they have quality in all lines of their team. They have plenty of experienced players in their group and have some similar traits to Australia so we will have to be at our best if we want to progress into the quarter-finals.”