Olympic champions Germany thrashed England 4-1 in the semi-finals of the men's hockey World Cup on Thursday to stay on course for a third successive title. Germany, who lost to England in the final of the European championship last year, scored through Marco Montag, Oliver Korn, Martin Haner and Linus Butt. Richard Smith replied for England. Tournament favourites Australia lock horns with Netherlands in the other semi-final later on Thursday.