KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- Malaysia suffered its third consecutive defeat in the 2014 World Cup after losing 0-2 to England in a Group A match at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday.
The third defeat in as many matches would dampen National hockey team coach Muhammad Dhaarmaraj Abdullah's hopes of finishing better than the previous world cup standing.
Malaysia lost its opening match 0-4 to defending champion Australia and suffered another 2-6 defeat to Belgium in the second match.
Group A comprise six teams and headed by Australia, Belgium, England, India and Spain.
Malaysia's next match is against India on Saturday and Spain two days later.
Meanwhile, England's win Thursday saw the team coached by Bobby Crutchley move to the top of Group A with seven points after a 1-1 draw against Spain and wins over India (2-1) and Malaysia (2-0).
However, Australia who six points after two matches can regain top spot with a win against Belgium.
England scored through Mark Gleghorne in the 4th minute while penalty corner specialist Ashley Jackson added the second in the 67th minute.