THE HAGUE - Three matches. Three defeats. That's Malaysia's record in Group A of the hockey World Cup in The Hague, Holland.
On Thursday, Malaysia went down 2-0 to an England side they had high hopes of defeating.
Instead, it was the Englishmen who struck on either side of each half through Mark Gleghorne in the fourth minute and Ashley Jackson in the 66th minute.
The winless Malaysians will now look at India and Spain to get the points and keep alive their 10th-placing target.
Malaysia, who had earlier lost to Australia 4-0 and Belgium 6-2, suffered another blow when forward Hafifihafiz Hanafi was injured after being accidentally kicked in the face by England goalkeeper George Pinner.
Hafifihafiz was chasing the ball in the D when he collided with a defender and was then kicked in the face by Pinner. Hafifihafiz was stretchered out and taken to hospital.
Despite the loss to England, coach K. Dharmaraj was still pleased with their performance.
"We need to make better use of the chances we get. Defensively, there were some mistakes but overall it was a much better effort. We didn't win but I'm pleased with the attitude shown in the match. They have to keep improving," he said.