England U21s fall to hosts in Valencia

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England's U21s were taught a harsh lesson by Spain in the 5 Nations Tournament in Valencia.  Despite taking the lead through an Alicia Caillard strike in the sixth minute Craig Keegan's side fell to a 7-1 defeat as Spain's superior chance conversion paid off.

 After taking the lead early England were soon behind to goals from Anna Gil, Lara Pampin and Mariona Serrahima before the break. In the second half Spain added four more via Paula Arrazola, Begona Garcia, Belen Iglesias and Marta Segu.   

Despite the heavy loss, Head Coach Craig Keegan remained philosophical about the learning opportunities, telling England Hockey: 

"Today it would have been cruel on Spain if we had have won. Spain were better in almost all areas, apart from corners earned. We more than doubled their corner count (9 to 4), but this area of the game requires greater composure. The more we experience that, the more we'll learn to take advantage of these hard earned opportunities."

He added: "Yesterday Belgium and today Spain; it was this young team's first experience of back to back games at this level. That really tested us physically, and as we go into the final preparation phase for the Junior World Cup, we will use the next few weeks to fine tune all areas of the programme."

Full fixtures and results can be found here.