Graham Shaw believes Ireland will still be confident of progressing from the group stages of the Hockey World Cup, despite their surprise 1-1 draw against China today.

Alexander Cox's side were forced to fight back from a goal down in a game where they dominated possession and, as a result, will need a draw or win against England on Friday (7pm)  to progress to the knock-out stages.

Former international, and now Ireland women's head coach, Shaw thinks the players will be kicking themselves after failing to beat the group's lowest-ranked side but he is backing the Green Machine to get the job done against England.

"They will be disappointed, not getting the result against China, because that would have been a game they targeted to win in the pool," he told RTÉ Sport.

"They didn't play too badly, they controlled the game for long spells and had really good phases in attack but they just couldn't connect in that final third.

"I think they'll be confident. This is the weakest English team I've seen in a long time.

"They're a team going through a lot of transition and they're playing very short of confidence.

"At the moment, I'd say Ireland, on paper, are a stronger side.

"Hopefully we can find those connections, execute a little bit more under pressure and try to get the win."

Group winners Australia will qualify directly for the quarter-finals, with second and third playing in the 'crossover' round of 16.

England were beaten heavily by the Aussies in India earlier today but the world champions only edged Ireland 2-1 in the opening fixture, which means that the Irish have their fate in their hands.

However, Shaw cautions against playing for the draw that would secure a place in the knockout stages.

"Losing 3-0 today means England are going to have to win, otherwise they'll have to rely on the China-Australia result," he said.

"It'll be an interesting game because both teams will be going out to win it.

"You don't want to sit back and try to hold a draw.

"They have to go try win the game. Play on the front foot and play positive."