England win Champions Trophy play-off against Belgium
England avoided finishing last at the Champions Trophy in India following a 3-2 play-off win over Belgium.
Florent van Aubel had put Belgium in front but two goals from David Condon and a Chris Griffiths effort put England 3-1 up going into half-time.
Another Aubel strike gave his side hope but England held on for the win.
England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley added: "Although we didn't play our best hockey today I'm very pleased with the win.
"It was a difficult game with both teams missing players at the end of a long and tough tournament.
"We coped well with the physical demands out there today and I think the victory was a justifiable reward for the overall performances during the last week of competition."
Olympic champions Germany beat Pakistan 2-0 in the final through goals from Christopher Wesley and Florian Fuchs, and five-time defending champions Australia won the bronze medal with a 2-1 win over India.
|England at the Champions Trophy|
|14 December: England 3-2 Belgium|