Great Britain finished sixth in the World League Final in Raipur after a 4-2 defeat by Argentina.
All four Argentina goals came from penalty corners, with Simon Mantell and Phil Roper scoring consolation efforts.
Head coach Bobby Crutchley left eight seasoned regulars out of the squad in favour of giving experience to some younger and fringe players.
"I do realise that I've not maybe given us the best chance, but I think we'll benefit from this," he told BBC Sport.
"We're not going to make any excuses because we left a few guys at home and we're disappointed with our final position.
"To go 3-0 down was too much to ask, although I thought we played better in the second half.
"But the lesson is we can't wait for that before we start to come out and play."
The defeat is a disappointing end to a week that started well for Britain, who defeated world champions Australia on the way to topping their pool.
However, they succumbed in the quarter-finals to hosts India, who had until then not won a game.