(File pix) National hockey team lost 7-3 to England in the Pool A match of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London. File pix by OSMAN ADNAN.

KUALA LUMPUR: An inspired England ran rings around Malaysia as the World No 7 outclassed Stephen van Huizen's side 7-3 for their second win in Pool A in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London on Saturday.

After conceding two soft goals, Malaysia fought back to level but they could not sustain the pace against England for their second straight defeat in the tournament.

England took advantage of Malaysia's poor defending in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead through field goals by Barry Middleton (fifth minute) and Christopher Griffiths (eighth minute).

In the second quarter, a settled Malaysia played decent hockey to trouble England. Malaysia were awarded a penalty stroke and Faizal Saari stepped up to reduce the deficit in the 19th minute.

In the 28th minute, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin was the first to react after Faizal's penalty corner attempt was padded into play by the England goalkeeper for the equaliser.

But Malaysia had a total meltdown in the third quarter as they conceded three goals.

Sam Ward scored off a penalty corner attempt in the 32nd minute before Middleton added his second two minutes later.

Mark Gleghorne deflected the ball past Malaysia goalkeeper S. Kumar for England's fifth goal in the 39th minute.

Ward then scored England's sixth goal in the 51st minute before Gleghorne added the seventh off a penalty corner attempt three minutes later.

Faizal hardly celebrated when he reduced the deficit for Malaysia from a penalty corner set piece in the 57th minute.

Malaysia play South Korea on Monday and will complete their group fixtures against China on the following day.

Malaysia must win at least a match to stand a chance of finishing top four in the group for a quarter-final spot.

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