India-US World Cup qualifier in England

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> The US women's hockey team to play the World Cup qualifying series against India in England.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Colorado Springs:

The US women's hockey team will play a World Cup qualifying series against India in England, the team has said. The Americans were to have played in India next week, but the US field hockey team abandoned the series because of mounting tension between India and Pakistan. The US team left New Delhi last Saturday following a warning by the US State Department against Americans travelling to India and Pakistan. "These were very unfortunate circumstances, but at no time were we going to put the team at risk," US coach Tracey Belbin said. The International Hockey Federation decided to schedule the game for June 22-25 near Birmingham, England. The Americans missed the main qualifying tournament in France in September because flights were grounded after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The winner of the three-match series gets a spot in the World Cup in Perth, Australia. US Field Hockey President Sharon Taylor said the team was "looking forward to finally resolving the final spot in the World Cup". (AP)