Tim Whiteman’s England hockey side will be playing for fifth place after Germany knocked them out 2-0 in Bhubaneswar in the FIH Hero Champions Trophy in India.
England stormed their Pool A campaign, topping a group that included the winner of the last five Champions Trophies, and the world’s number one side, Australia.
But they came unstuck against Germany on Thursday lunchtime (UK time), going into half-time trailing 1-0 after one of six penalty corners for the Germans, compared to none for England, was converted.
Whiteman, from Denton and a former Harleston Magpies player, tried in vain with his teammates to get level, with their fate being effectively sealed in the final quarter.
With three minutes to play, Germany worked an attack down England’s left-hand side which saw the ball put across for Christopher Ruhr to lift over a helpless George Pinner at the far post.
England will play Argentina in their fifth place semi-final on Saturday, while Germany advance to play Australia in the semi-finals.