England to learn from three Belgium losses insists Middleton

06 June 2013 / 18:25

Captain Barry Middleton is calling on England to learn from their three World League Semi-Final warm-up matches against Belgium and starting delivering performances for the full 70 minutes.

Middleton and co lost their third and final encounter with Belgium 5-0 having suffered 5-2 and 4-1 defeats in their previous two fixtures on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Tom Boon opened the scoring after five minutes and completed it moments before the final whistle with an own goal from Middleton and efforts from Arthur van Doren and Jerome Dekeyser in between.

And Middleton, who skippered Team GB to an agonising fourth-place finish at the London 2012 Olympics last summer, wants England to take note of where they can improve.

“It’s been a tough few days, but a good learning curve for all the guys out here. We’ve played great hockey in patches but going forward we need to play consistently well for 70 minutes.

“It’s been great to get together as a squad properly for the first time and test ourselves against a side like Belgium, but we now need to take that forward and start winning.”

© Sportsbeat 2013