EuroHockey: England prepare for Germany semi-final

Michael Hoare
England last won the tournament in 2009, with Germany winning the last two editions
EuroHockey Championships
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Dates: 21-30 August.
Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, tablets, mobiles and app, plus selected commentaries on Radio 5 live sports extra.

England are capable of upsetting defending champions Germany and reaching the European Championships final at home, says defender Michael Hoare.

The two teams meet at the Olympic Park on Thursday with a place in the final against Netherlands or Ireland at stake.

"I can't wait," Hoare told BBC Sport. "It will be a tough match.

"But we have shown in the past we can beat anybody on our day."

England thrash Spain to reach EuroHockey semi-finals

England bounced back from their loss against Netherlands to beat Spain 4-0 on Tuesday night.

It was a morale-boosting win after player Mark Gleghorne revealed there had been some "home truths" aired following the 2-0 loss by the Dutch.

"We played how we wanted to," added captain Barry Middleton. "We're trying to stay as level as we can throughout the tournament.

"We got our rewards from the intensity we showed in the first half. We tired them out then got the rewards."

Coverage details - Thursday, 27 August (all times BST)

  • Netherlands v Ireland (13:15) - BBC Red Button (13:05-15:05)
  • Germany v England (19:30) - BBC Red Button (19:20-21:20)

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