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England's Simon Mantell ruled out of Hockey World Cup

FIH World Cup 2010
28 February - 13 March Venue: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
Coverage: Daily video highlights of all games at (Available to all users); reports on every England match

Simon Mantell
Mantell is flying home for further treatment on his injury

England's World Cup preparations have suffered a blow after Reading's Simon Mantell was ruled out because of a foot injury suffered in training.

The tournament starts in India on 28 February, with England's opening game against Australia that same day.

Mantell had only made it into the squad when Matt Daly was ruled out after tearing his hamstring at the pre-tournament training camp in Qatar.

Hampstead and Westminster defender Dan Fox will take Mantell's squad place.

The build-up to the tournament in Delhi has been overshadowed by safety fears after a bomb attack in the Indian city of Pune on 14 February, which claimed 15 victims.

There have also been alleged threats from groups targeting sporting events - naming cricket's Indian Premier League and the Commonwealth Games, as well as the World Cup, as potential targets - but the England Hockey Board has been taking advice from the authorities and still intends to travel to India.

England's opening opponents Australia lost 4-3 to Germany in the last World Cup final.

The other teams in Pool B are hosts India, Pakistan, South Africa and Spain.


Hockey goalie's enormous kit-bag

England's Pool B fixtures:

Sunday 28th February: 1305 GMT - Australia v England

Tuesday 2 March: 1105 GMT - South Africa v England

Thursday 4 March: 1305 GMT - England v Pakistan

Saturday 6 March: 1505 GMT - England v India

Monday 8 March: 1105 GMT - Spain v England

Amended England squad for 2010 World Cup:
Richard Alexander (Surbiton), Alastair Brogdon (Bowdon), Nick Brothers (Reading), Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students), Jonty Clarke (Reading), Adam Dixon (Beeston), James Fair (Cannock), Dan Fox (Hampstead and Westminster), Ben Hawes (Surbiton), Ashley Jackson (HGC), Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead), Iain Mackay (Reading), Richard Mantell (Reading), Barry Middleton (capt, HGC), Rob Moore (Surbiton), Richard Smith (Loughborough Students), James Tindall (Surbiton), Alastair Wilson (Beeston).

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Wilson targeting World Cup glory
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India bomb blast toll rises to 15
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India assures teams over safety
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England fear World Cup readiness
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England keen to go to World Cup
14 Feb 10 |  Hockey
England admit India safety fears
09 Feb 10 |  Hockey

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