Michael Hoare will resist a ‘full English’ ahead of England’s crunch Hockey clash with New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games tomorrow.
Hoare, from Chiswick, and his team-mates have won impressively in two evening games against Trinidad & Tobago (6-1) and Malaysia (8-1) so far at Glasgow 2014, but must readjust their body clock for the game against the Kiwis which starts at 9am.
It means an early morning alarm call for all squad members, but players have been left to decide for themselves what they eat prior to the clash which will almost certainly decide the group winners.
While some of his team-mates have pledged to pile in the protein and carbs at dawn, the defender insists he is strictly a cereal and toast man.
He said: “How we deal with the early start games is definitely something we have discussed and looked at as a team.
“We’ll have to be up on those days at six or half past six at the latest, but in terms of food we have agreed and individual approach.
“I remember in the World League being encouraged to eat a large bowl of pasta at six in the morning to build up carbs, but that did not work for me as I felt really uncomfortable.
“Having done it once I was left thinking I would not be doing that again.”
So far England have stuck to their pre-tournament pledge to play a more attacking brand of hockey, but the All Blacks too have been in sharpshooting form, beating Trinidad and Tobago 8-0 on Saturday after winning their opening game with Canada 3-1.
The two sides met twice in the Hero Hockey World League Finals earlier this year with England winning the first encounter 5-1 before New Zealand gained revenge with a semi-final shoot-out victory.
So while form from the World Cup suggests a final with Australia awaits – something Hoare would relish – he is not getting ahead of himself.
“When you come to a tournament where Holland, Germany and Belgium are not there then I think you have to be confident, he added.
“The Aussies did really well at the World Cup, but I always really enjoy playing against them as it is a real physical battle. Hopefully it can be the final.
“However, there are plenty of threats to us en route to that situation so we won’t be distracted by the thought of it.”
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