Dancer was referring in particular to an 18th minute lapse by the defence which allowed Rob Short to deflect home a free hit to give Canada the lead.
England's reply owed much to the intelligent thinking of Brett Garrard. He found himself in the unfamiliar right wing slot and sent a gentle lob goalwards which panicked the Canadian defence. Rick Roberts, trying to clear his lines, conceded a penalty stroke. Jon Wyatt stepped forward calmly to score England's equaliser in the 26th minute.
England's cause was not helped by the temporary suspension of Mark Pearn for an unnecessary tackle from behind in the second half and England were unable to score the winner their midfield supremacy deserved.
Dancer said: "We have hopefully got our first game blues out of the way." He will no doubt be worried by the form of Kenya, who were only narrowly defeated 4-5 by Pakistan in an exciting game.
ENGLAND: S Mason (Reading); B Garrard (Teddington), J Wyatt (Reading), J Halls (Cannock), B Waugh (capt, Southgate); D Woods (Southgate), J Pidcock (Cannock), R Garcia (Harvestuder, Hamburg); B Sharpe (Cannock), B Crutchley (Cannock), M Pearn (Reading). Substitutes used: J Wallis (Teddington), S Head (East Grinstead), M Johnson (Cannock), G Fordham (Hounslow).
Canada: M Mahood; R Roberts, I Bird, B Kullar, R D'Abreo, P Milkovich (capt), R Short, R Jagday, K Pereira, S Mosher, P Wettlauper. Substitutes used: D Yule.
Umpires: J Wright (South Africa), D Prior (Australia).Reuse content