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Dixon double secures England win

Adam Dixon scored twice to ensure England opened their World League Final campaign with an important 2-0 victory over hosts India in Delhi.

With Olympic and European champions Germany up next on Saturday it was imperative Bobby Crutchley's side got off to good start and they did just that thanks to the Beeston midfielder.

England had already struck the post through Reading's Mantell when Dixon converted from a switch at a 28th-minute penalty corner.

Ten minutes after the lead was doubled when another set-piece produced a scramble in the circle and Dixon was on hand to flick home from close range.

Late on, India thought they had pulled one back from Rupinder Singh's penalty corner only for England to successfully appeal to the video umpire who ruled out the goal.

"I'm pleased with the result and think we deserved to take the three points," said Crutchley.

"Neither side has had much match practice in the run-up to this tournament and I think that showed, but we certainly upped our performance in the second half.

"We were slightly inconsistent at times, but when we did string the passes together we looked threatening."

On the task of facing Germany, he added: "From our perspective we are looking to continue to build on this performance and there will be a few tweaks ahead of the game, but nothing too significant.

"The style of play means it will be a very different 70 minutes of hockey."