England 0-6 Belgium: Danny Kerry’s team suffer heavy defeat in men’s Hockey World Cup semi-final in India
- England were denied a place in Hockey World Cup final by ruthless Belgium
- They failed to register as Alexander Hendrickx scored a fantastic double
- Holland and Australia are set to contest the last spot in the semi-finals
England’s dream of reaching a first Hockey Men’s World Cup final in 32 years was ended in emphatic fashion by a 6-0 defeat to Belgium.
Danny Kerry’s team were outclassed by their dominant opponents and had little response on a disappointing afternoon in India.
A double from tournament top scorer Alexander Hendrickx plus strikes from Tom Boon, Simon Gougnard, Cedric Charlier and Sebastien Dockier did the damage in Bhubaneswar.
Belgium celebrate as they run riot against England to seal a World Cup final place
Belgium, ranked third in the world, will face the winner of Holland and reigning champions Australia in Sunday’s final.
Man of the match Boon touched in Florent Van Aubel’s cross to open the scoring early on, before Gougnard capitalised on a rebound at a penalty corner to score the second before half-time.
Charlier smashed home in the third quarter following some sloppy defending, while Hendrickx wrapped up victory with his sixth and seventh goals of the tournament from penalty corners.
Belgium will face either Holland or Australia in the World Cup final after their convincing win
Dockier, who earlier produced a contender for miss of the tournament by failing to convert with the goal gaping, inflicted further misery on Kerry’s men by powering in a sixth.
England, whose only final appearance came in 1986, almost halved the deficit at 2-0 early in the second half when Adam Dixon was denied on the line by the impressive Arthur Van Doren following a penalty corner.
But, in truth, they could easily have lost the semi-final by an even greater margin, with Boon seeing an effort strike the frame and Belgium failing to convert a handful of late chances.