Danson: "We'll come out fighting"

England Women World League Finals

England captain Alex Danson has vowed that the team will "come out fighting" in their Sentinel Homes World League Final bronze medal match.

A late strike from Olivia Merry was enough to see hosts New Zealand to a close win over England in their semi-final clash in front of a packed and loud North Harbour Stadium crowd.

England will face either the Netherlands or Korea in the bronze medal match, which will be played at 5am on Sunday morning.

Captain Alex Danson said: “I'm very, very proud of the team, we never stopped running the entire game, we gave it everything we could and didn't stop running until the last minute.

"We’ve made some big strides through this tournament. We battled against a strong New Zealand side and despite being on the wrong side of the result we will come out fighting for the bronze medal.

"This team has the skill, speed and strength of character to bounce back, learn and come back stronger."

After the match head coach Danny Kerry said: “Credit to New Zealand who deserved their win today. We tried some new things with a big year ahead of us in 2018 with the Commonwealth Games and World Cup in London.

“The experience of that semi-final, against a home team, is gold dust and will help the athletes understand the moments and margins at this level.”

You can watch England battle for bronze at the World League Finals live on BT Sport.