England’s bid to reach the Champions Trophy final for the first time is over after they drew 2-2 with New Zealand and Argentina beat China 4-3.
England were down 2-0 before Nicola White and Crista Cullen rescued a disappointing draw in Nottingham. That meant the hosts needed China to avoid defeat, but a late score sent Argentina through on goal difference. England now face Germany today in a battle for bronze, before Argentina play Netherlands in the final. The Dutch booked their place in the final in Saturday’s opening game, beating Germany 1-0, and will be clear favourites to lift the trophy. The tournament, which pits six of the world’s top teams against each other, ranks behind only the Olympics and World Cup in terms of importance, and is being staged in England for the first time. New Zealand had lost all four of their matches coming into yesterday’s game, but England started shakily and Pikki Hamahona waltzed through almost unchallenged to put the Black Sticks a goal up after just seven minutes.