Richardson-Walsh still pondering international future

03 August 2014 / 14:42

Kate Richardson-Walsh is going to take time before deciding whether to end her storied hockey career.

The Olympic bronze medal winning hockey captain claimed the fourth Commonwealth Games medal of her career as England suffered the agony of a penalty shoot-out defeat to world silver medallists Australia in Glasgow.

And that was heartbreaking for the 34-year old, who despite over 300 international appearances has never won a major championship gold medal.

"Sport is cruel and that’s why we love it, that knife edge is what we play for, that passion and drive to win and that’s why it is going to be so hard for me to give it up," she said.

"I am going to take some time to think about it because it is just so special. This is not real life, you are in a bubble in the Commonwealth Games, I need to take everything into consideration before I make the decision.

"If you had told me at the last game of the World Cup, when we were in a play-off for 11th spot, that we would be in the final of the Commonwealths I would have ripped your arm off. It just shows where this team can go in the future."

Meanwhile, England's men's captain Barry Middleton insists he's excited about the future after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over New Zealand secured bronze in Glasgow, the victory ending a run of fourth-placed finishes at the last Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games and the recent World Cup.

"It's a big moment for me and also for the guys who are just starting. This sets you off on a path where you want to win more and go further. We've won a bronze now and we want to take a step forward," he said.

"Hopefully this takes us on. We're going to enjoy this now but then we need to remember what got us there, we must go further. This is a very good group of players and since London we've improved at every tournament we've played. These guys just want to get better every day.

"This will keep me playing for a long time because I believe in this group and I think we can go and win things."

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