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Captain Savita ahead of the opening match of the World Cup in India against England

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Amstelveen [Netherlands]July 2 (ANI): The Indian women’s hockey team and their England rivals have competed strongly with encounters between the two teams going to the extreme on most occasions.

Although India lost a bronze medal by a narrow margin of 4-3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Great Britain, many players from that GB squad will face India when they represent England on Sunday, in their first Group B. match at the 2022 FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup Spain and the Netherlands. At the previous edition of the World Cup held in London in 2018, India matched England’s performance with a 1-1 draw in the round-robin league match . Earlier that year, the Indian women’s team had defeated England 2-1 in the group stage at the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, but lost to them in the bronze medal match. These two teams went neck and neck in the 2006 World Cup where they drew 1-1 as well as the 2002 Champions Challenge 3-3. England won 1-0 in the 1998 Women’s World Cup group stage match. Judging by the statistics, tomorrow’s game between India and England promises to be an exciting one. Speaking of their opponent, Savita said: “Even though we as a team would be focused on our own performance, England and India faced each other in some very close encounters and no doubt a rivalry has developed over the past three to four years.” Some of our players want to challenge their goalkeeper Maddie Hinge, who has been quite exceptional on the goal post. And they also have some very experienced players like Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, their captain Hollie Pearne-Webb and Lily Owsley bringing us their ‘A’ match,” added Savita. double-header match in the FIH Hockey Pro League, which would have provided insight into their play, the match was cancelled, but India remains optimistic about their chances here at the prestigious World Cup. “Yes, a match against them would be ideal have been in the run-up to the World Cup, but we can’t worry too much about what happened in the past. The only goal for us at the moment is to get a good start.” in the tournament and the team is 100 percent ready,” the goalkeeper added. The Indian team will face England on July 3 in their campaign opener in Group B. In their second match, they will play against China on July 5, followed by a game against New Zealand on July 7 in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Savita urged Indian fans to support them in their campaign for a first World Cup medal. “There is a large Indian community in the Netherlands and we expect many of them to show up for the matches. We saw many of them come to support us in Rotterdam during the Pro League matches and certainly the support from fans will motivate us even more she concluded. On July 3, India will face England in their first Group B match at 2000 IST. (ANI)

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