Samsung Women's Hockey World Cup

England arrived in Madrid as the 8th seeded team at the tournament and began their campaign on 27th September against 5th seeded team China, who they overcame 3-2. 
England then lost out to eventual World Cup champions and world no. 1 The Netherlands in a closely fought game which England could have won. 
A 1-1 draw against India threatened England's medal chances but a 1-0 win against Germany got their hopes back on track. 
Unfortunately a 1-1 draw against Spain in their final pool match was not enough and a 2-0 defeat against Japan in the 5-8 play-off meant another England v Germany tie in the 7-8 play-off. 
A 1-0 victory secured seventh place for England - one position above their seeded place at the start of the tournament, and two places above their official World ranking of 9th.

Final Placings:
1. Netherlands (World Champions)
2. Australia
3. Argentina
4. Spain
5. Japan
6. USA
8. Germany
9. Korea
10. China
11. India
12. South Africa

Head Coach Danny Kerry commented “Eight of the squad is 24 or younger, with a mixture of more experienced players giving England a healthy blend of tournament experience plus an element of youthful zest. The group dynamics are good and we look forward to playing against the world’s best where each and every game will be finely balanced and the outcome will be dependent on the finest of margins”.

England have been drawn in Pool A, and face tough opposition in the form of tournament favourites and World No 1 the Netherlands, Olympic Champions Germany, hosts Spain, the in form China and Commonwealth silver medallists and Asian Champions India.  The World Cup begins on Wednesday 27 September and concludes on Sunday 8 October.


Jo Ellis from Doncaster HC and Kerry Williams from Leicester HC are selected for their first senior major tournaments. They have both shown an ability to give England extra penetration in attack with Williams bringing even further pace to an already quick forward line, and Ellis providing good goal scoring sense.

Goalkeeper Katy Roberts has had a whirlwind month since rejoining the national squad, and has rapidly adjusted to the demands of international training and goalkeeping.  Her excellent agility in dominating the goal-mouth area has saw her inclusion into the World Cup squad. Beth Storry has continued her excellent form in goal seen in Melbourne and Rome and Becky Duggan, despite tremendous improvement over the last few months has missed out by the narrowest margins on a GK slot. Roberts and Storry will fight it out in the weeks that remain for the number 1 GK spot.

Rachel Walker has shown good form in the recent internationals against Germany and England are starting to balance up their attacking options across the width of the attack. Alex Danson at centre forward has made tremendous strides in her strength and conditioning and this has equated to a greater and more effective physical presence in attack, showing good form moving into the World Cup.

The full-back pairing of Crista Cullen and Kate Walsh offers unparalleled presence, athleticism and bravery. Their understanding continues to grow and they are both working hard at many areas of their game. Walsh will lead England into the World Cup as captain.

Mel Clewlow has had an excellent 18 months, being one of England's most consistent performers, and her offensive distribution can hurt teams. She is timing her corner strikes well and remains a potent threat at corner attack.

Sally Walton has demonstrated excellent form in defence over the summer period. Walton is calm and assured in pressured situations, and her long reach makes her difficult to eliminate. Sally is highly skilful in possession of the ball and when played as a striker generates goal shots from all areas around her body. The flexibility Sally offers us across playing positions is a real asset.

Jennie Bimson has brought a brilliant flexibility to the squad, her exemplary work ethic in midfield remains, and Bimson can now provide excellent cover at both wide defensive positions.

Helen Richardson gives England the tightest of possession in midfield and has a metronomic ability to cover distances. Helen's understanding and reading of play gives us excellent intellect in the middle of the pitch.

Ipswich’s Jo Ellis equally provides a tremendous ability to cover huge distances in midfield and her tight possession to generate eliminations in midfield and the final third gives England an excellent ability to mix their play.

Rebecca Herbert's and Chloe Rogers' pace in the forward and inside forward lines is electric, and England continues to grow the attacking linkages.

Lucilla Wright is now delivering dangerous eliminations at pace, scoring goals, and her work ethic in team defence is indicative of the team culture that we have grown.

Helen Grant works tirelessly in leading for herself and others, an important attribute often overlooked, and is always willing to put herself in harms way to score goals.

Lisa Wooding has been a consistent effective performer against the world’s best teams, and has grown many areas of her game in 18 months. Her desire to improve all aspects has been a joy to work with, and has been reflected in her play, offering us great flexibility in the half back positions.

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