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RAF star Liam Sanford made a substitute appearance as England made their best start to a World Cup ever (Picture: GB Hockey).
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RAF's Liam Sanford makes cameo appearances in England's World Cup opening games

Liam Sanford Great Britain Hockey Credit GB Hockey
RAF star Liam Sanford made a substitute appearance as England made their best start to a World Cup ever (Picture: GB Hockey).

RAF hockey star Liam Sanford came off the bench to help England make a winning start at the 2023 World Cup in India.

A 5-0 win over Wales saw Sanford booked in the third quarter but an impressive attacking display saw domination over their Welsh rivals.

Goals from Nick Park, Liam Ansell (2), Phil Roper and Nick Bandurak saw England win in the first game ever at the 21,000-seater Birsa Munda stadium in Rourkela, India.

Sanford also made a substitute appearance against India as they two teams played out a 0-0 draw in front of over 21,000 fans.

England will now play Spain in their final group match on 19 January.