Reading forward Simon Mantell hit a late winner as England recorded their first win of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over India.
Having drawn their opener against Spain three points were imperative to keep pace with Group B’s top sides Australia and Belgium, both of whom still have a 100 per cent record after two matches.
East Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne gave England the lead from a 27th-minute penalty corner but Dharamvir Singh smashed home an equaliser just before half-time.
Both sides had chances after the break but it was Mantell’s superb reverse-stick shot from Ashley Jackson’s penalty corner rebound in the 69th minute which proved decisive.
Set-piece specialist Jackson has not been on penalty corner duty at the tournament as he is nursing a shoulder injury and his late intervention appeared to aggravate the problem.
“He’s not flicking the ball and the one he did flick caused some pain,” said coach Bobby Crutchley.
“Hopefully with two more days off, Ashley can recover in time for the Malaysia game.”
England’s women lost 2-1 to the United States in their opening match leaving them little margin for error in Group B.