England win Champions Trophy play-off against Belgium

David Condon (right) and England team-mates
England's David Condon (right) played a big part in the win over 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.

"It is nice to finish on a high," said Condon, whose side had finished top of their group after two wins and a draw before losing to Germany and Argentina.

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
6 December: England 3-1 Australia
7 December: England 8-2 Pakistan
9 December: England 1-1 Belgium
11 December: England 0-2 Germany
13 December: England 1-2 Argentina
14 December: England 3-2 Belgium