Shields: Great Britain have shown they can compete with higher-level teams

Forward Colin Shields says Friday’s game against Italy will be a massive test as Great Britain seek their third win in four matches at the World Championship (Division 1A) tournament in Budapest.

Both sides have won two of their opening three games to sit alongside Kazakhstan on six points.

“Italy are a top-quality hockey nation and this will be a really tough game for us,” said Shields. “But we are showing we have a right to be at this level by our performances so far.

“Italy have been impressive this week, especially in their win over Kazakhstan, but we have already shown we can compete with the higher-level teams.”

Shields is the longest-serving GB player on the current roster with 87 caps to his name since making his debut in 2001.

“I have been involved in many tournaments for GB, but I have to say this is one of the more enjoyable,” added Shields.

“We did not really compete last time we were at this level in 2013 in this building, so it is great to come back and be doing so well.

“There’s a long way to go – and who knows what will happen – but we just have keep the same attitude we have had all week.”

GB against Italy faces-off at 6.30pm (UK time) this evening.

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