England newcomer Tom Carson believes victory over the Olympic champions has set the side in good stead ahead of the World League Semi-Final.
Carson, who plays for Reading Hockey Club, continued his progress into the senior side after being selected to feature against Germany, who won gold at London 2012.
And, after featuring in the previous warm ups against Belgium, he certainly made a good impression, scoring twice on his debut despite England going down 5-2.
However Carson was involved in the second match too and, although he failed to score, he helped England level the mini series with a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
England now fly out to Malaysia on Wednesday to continue their preparation for the World League Semi-Final which runs from June 29–July 7 and Carson believes a win over the Olympic gold medalists is ideal preparation.
“We played well across both matches and we were just unlucky to concede at the wrong times in the first match,” he said.
“We regrouped and we knew exactly what we needed to change in the second and I think the result shows that we did that well.
“It’s a great confidence boost to get a victory over a side like Germany before we head out to Malaysia.
“I was really pleased to register my first couple of goals and it’s always extra special to get one from a drag [flick].”
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