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Mantell’s comeback to aid England's Gold quest

For Richard Mantell, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium serves as the scene for both a horrific ending and a triumphant return.

The 29-year-old defender suffered a dislocated and broken ankle during England's 5-2 victory over Pakistan at the World Cup in Delhi in March.

The injury forced him out of action until his international return at Delhi 2010.

Mantell said that he was happy to be playing again, even if it was on the same turf where he suffered his agonising injury.

“I've done a lot of work in the gym and am working on my agility,” he said.

“Wherever the pitch is, I want to be out there,” Mantell insisted, claiming that playing in Delhi in front of vocal crowds was a great way to return to the sport.

“It's a brutal way to come back, but it's great to get back playing in an awesome stadium like this in front of great fans,” he added.

Richard's return means he and his brother, Simon, are back playing together for England.

A recurring foot problem had cut short Simon's 2010 World Cup stay in Delhi. “It's great to be back out there with both of us playing,” Richard said. “Simon scored three goals in our first two games, so that's good for his confidence and our team.”