Barry Middleton inspired England to the semi-finals of the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup in a 3-2 victory over Argentina.
The midfielder produced his best performance of the tournament so far, scoring once, assisting another and producing an incredible block on the line to ensure his side kept their World Cup journey alive.
Will Calnan and Harry Martin were also on the scoresheet for England – for whom Michael Hoare won his 100th cap – while Gonzalo Peillat’s two corners were not enough to see his side to victory.
Despite the obvious threat the reigning Olympic champions offered, Liam Ansell said his team were perfectly prepared for the game and firmly believed they would come out on top.
The Man of the Match said: “I’m ecstatic. We knew it would be a tough match, they have the number one corner threat in the tournament so stopping them was crucial.
“But we knew if we waited for our opportunities, stopped them from getting on the front foot and blocked their corners we’d have a good chance.
“We’ve got a few young guys who have come in and shone during this tournament. We’ve been talking before games about our mentality going into it, being in the right headspace and it’s working. I’m really looking forward to the next match.”
England will now take on either Belgium or Germany on Saturday 15 December at 10.30am or 1pm GMT live on BT Sport.
England XI: George Pinner, Adam Dixon, Jack Waller, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, Barry Middleton, David Ames, James Gall, Phil Roper, Liam Ansell, David Condon
Subs: Harry Gibson, Luke Taylor, Harry Martin, Ian Sloan, Michael Hoare, Will Calnan, Zach Wallace