England round off 5 Nations with Germany draw

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England Head Coach Craig Keegan praised his players' "positive response2 after the bounced back from a heavy defeat against Spain to snatch a draw against Germany in their final match of the 5 Nations Tournament in Valencia.  

"Overall this was a well organised performance against Germany. We set out to focus and deliver on three specific areas during this match, and the response from the players was very positive." said Keegan, speaking in the immediate aftermath of the game.  

England started brightly and took the lead through Erica Sanders, who grabbed her second goal of the tournament after finding some space in the circle to slot home a well executed strike.

Germany hit back twice in the first half via Naomi Heyn and Hannah Gablac, but despite coming up against a stubborn Germany defence, Keegan's side kept going until the very end, eventually getting their reward with four minutes to play. Holly Hunt pounced on a penalty corner rebound to level it up and make sure England took home a point from their final match.  

Keegan, reflecting on the tournament and the lead up to the Junior World Cup told England Hockey:

"This week has been a valuable learning experience for this young English team. In reality, we don't have much time together as a team in preparation for the Junior World Cup, so learning from every exchange is crucial. We have made significant gains this week, the goal now is to retain this information in readiness for Chile."

All the fixtures and results from the tournament in Spain can be found here.