Nick Catlin believes England laid down a marker to their Champions Trophy rivals after cruising to victory over Pakistan to go top of Pool A in India.
Midfielder Catlin put in a man-of-the match display as eight different England players got themselves on the scoresheet during the 8-2 triumph in Bhubaneswar.
Mark Gleghorne, Catlin, David Condon, Barry Middleton and Ashley Jackson netted in an 11-minute spell to put England 5-0 up at the break.
Jackson’s effort was his 111th at international level and created a piece of history as he overtook Calum Giles’ record of 110 goals in England and Great Britain colours.
Sam Ward, Alastair Brogdon and Chris Griffiths all notched second-half scores to complete the rout and ensure England won their second game of the tournament following a 3-1 victory over Australia in their opener.
They will next face Belgium in their final pool clash on Tuesday and Catlin admits the team are already eagerly anticipating the contest.
“We look to win every match we play and Belgium will be no different,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge.
“It was an excellent team performance against Pakistan. It can often look easy when the score is like that but we worked incredibly hard.
“We moved the ball well and it was a good display. We didn’t want to take our foot off the gas in the second half – we wanted to play the same way and put them to the sword.
“We’re playing some good hockey at the moment which allows me to play how I play. It’s all about the team, not individuals, though.”
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