Danson turns attentions to World Cup after England miss out on bronze

Danson turns attentions to World Cup after England miss out on bronze

26 November 2017 / 11:26

Alex Danson was quick to turn her attentions to next year's World Cup after England were denied Hockey World League Final bronze at the hands of Korea.

Danson's side missed out on a medal by the narrowest of the margins, losing 1-0 after Korea's Kim Jongeun scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute.

Danny Kerry's team controlled much of the game but struggled to break through the disciplined Korean defence, with Sophie Bray hitting the post in the first half and Giselle Ansley going close in the dying stages.

But despite returning home empty-handed, captain Danson insists her young squad can take plenty of positives from their time in New Zealand.

"Obviously we are very disappointed not to come away with the win," said the skipper.

"We showed a lot of resolve and a lot of character as a squad and across the tournament.

"This team has a lot moving forward."

Danson had the first chance to break the deadlock in the sixth minute when her reverse stick shot was saved well by the Korean goalkeeper.

But England were made to pay two minutes later when Kim swept in a penalty corner, past the outstretched Maddie Hinch.

England controlled the play from then on but failed to capitalise on their opportunities in front of goal, allowing Korea to hold on for their first international medal since 2007.

Next year, hockey will return to British soil as London's Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre hosts the women's World Cup, in which England will face the USA, India and Ireland in Pool B.

And for Danson, it will provide the perfect opportunity for her side to get back to winning ways.

"Having the sport back on home soil next year with the World Cup is very exciting," she added.

"We're looking forward to it and it should be a great tournament."

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