Goals from Will Calnan and Luke Taylor secured England a mouth-watering 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup quarter-final tie with Argentina.
It was a second straight win for Danny Kerry’s side at the tournament, following on from their 4-2 victory over Ireland in the previous game.
The Black Sticks had chances throughout the game but couldn’t find a way past George Pinner, while at the other end Mike Joyce was also kept very busy.
There was nothing he could do to prevent Calnan or Taylor though as England secured their place in the final eight against the reigning Olympic champions, a match Player of the Match Liam Sanford firmly believes they can win.
“We learnt from our previous games and knew we had to control it, knew when we were on the ball we had to keep it and the team did that really well today,” he said.
“Tonight we’ll just enjoy the victory and then go away and learn from the game – there’s lots we can still improve on.
“We’ve shown in the last game and this that we can overcome those tough fixtures so it’s all to play for.”
Danny Kerry’s side will take on Argentina on Wednesday 12 December live on BT Sport.
England XI: George Pinner, David Ames, Harry Martin, Mark Gleghorne, Adam Dixon, Barry Middleton, Liam Ansell, David Condon, Jack Waller, James Gall, Liam Sanford
Subs: Luke Taylor, Ian Sloan, Michael Hoare, Phil Roper, Will Calnan, Zach Wallace