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Fox in the hunt for international glory

PUBLISHED: 17:31 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 August 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: Dan Fox of England slides to keep the ball in play the match between Spain and England on day two of the 2009 Hockey Champions Trophy at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on November 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: Dan Fox of England slides to keep the ball in play the match between Spain and England on day two of the 2009 Hockey Champions Trophy at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on November 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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By Ian Cooper DAN FOX will continue his quest for England glory on Thursday as his side take on Holland in a pivotal match in the Champions Trophy in Australia. Hampstead & Westminster captain Fox, 26, is playing in his first major tournament with England

By Ian Cooper

DAN FOX will continue his quest for England glory on Thursday as his side take on Holland in a pivotal match in the Champions Trophy in Australia.

Hampstead & Westminster captain Fox, 26, is playing in his first major tournament with England, in one of the most prestigious competitions in world hockey.

Fox set up England's goal in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by the host country, which - following a defeat to Germany and a draw with Spain - left them needing to beat the Dutch in order to stay in contention for the gold medal.

Todd Williams, Fox's coach at the Paddington Rec club, admits he was amazed at the relentless rise of his captain, but believes he is capable of marching on to Olympic glory.

"When I first came to the club he was only just starting to get recognised, and people were beginning to ask the question," said Williams.

"What's incredible is not so much the speed of his improvement, but the fact that it hasn't stopped. I honestly believe he can go all the way to gold with Great Britain.

"The Champions Trophy is the litmus test for any hockey player, it's made up of the six best teams in the world, so he's done tremendously well to get there."

In Fox's absence, H&W narrowly lost to league leaders Surbiton on Saturday, with Will Naylor on the mark to cancel out Surbiton's opening goal before the EHL front-runners struck back to score what proved to be the winner.


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