Hockey World Cup: Middleton’s men earn vital win over India

Barry Middleton
Barry Middleton

A dramatic late winner for England kept Doncaster-born Barry Middleton’s World Cup dreams alive in Holland.

Having drawn their opening game 1-1 with Spain, England realistically needed to beat India to keep the last four in their sights.

Monday’s game appeared to be heading for a repeat of that opening 1-1 scoreline. That was until, with less than two minutes to play, Simon Mantell struck a dramatic winner to claim a 2-1 win.

Middleton and his team-mates now harbour realistic hopes of advancing from the group and earning themselves a place in the semi-finals.

They face Malaysia on Thursday, number one ranked side Australia on Saturday, before ending their Group A schedule against Belguim on Monday.

Australia currently sit level on points with leaders Belgium, with all still to play for thanks to Mantell’s last-gasp winner.

Former Hall Cross pupil Middleton, who has captained his country since 2009, recently overtook Russell Garcia’s record haul of 307 international caps for Great Britain and England.