Glenn Turner believes that Australia and Belgium are favourites to win the World Cup . Turner says that he loves India and would love to see them go further .
Former Australia hockey player Glenn Turner believes that his country, the reigning mens hockey champions Belgium and the Netherlands, are the favourites to win the forthcoming mens hockey World Cup, but has cautioned against taking Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists India lightly in their own backyard.The tournament, which takes place in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela on January 13 to 29, will feature Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, England, France, Malaysia, South Africa, Japan, Chile, and Wales.I think Australia has a great chance.They recently won the Commonwealth Games in London.I know how they train and they train to win.Their basic principles and foundations are so basic, and I think that's what sets them apart.They will be up there, for sure, Turner said, a veteran of the Kookaburras back-to-back World Cup winning campaigns in 2010 and 2014.I think Belgium is also on a roll, too. I think the Netherlands should be up there too, and that would be really beneficial if they are able to match their potential.India is at home.Turner, who plied his trade in the erstwhile Hockey India League, said I would love to see them do well.The two-time Olympian mentioned that he loves India and said he spent time in India during his career. It's exciting to see Indian hockey rise, and it's time for them to take the next step.The World Cup is underway at home, which is a huge advantage, and I'd love to see them go a little bit further.