Rampant Dutch rip England apart

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England suffered a humiliating defeat in Utrecht on Saturday when they were beaten 6-0 by a Dutch side keyed up to defend their Champions' Trophy title next month.

England's coach, Tricia Heberle, is still sorting out her squad to play in September's World Cup qualifier in France. In the absence of the highly experienced Mandy Nicholson, Heberle was able to give a first cap to Kate Hendrick, one of the successes of the England junior squad. England were destroyed by two goals from open play in the opening 10 minutes from Moreira De Melo, followed by four goals from the 16 penalty corners won by the Dutch. Yesterday England, with first-half goals from Jenny Bimson and Purdy Miller, beat a Dutch B squad 2-0.

In Edinburgh, the men's World Cup qualifier came to an end with an outstanding display of attacking hockey as Argentina edged home 5-4 against Spain to take the gold medal, thanks to a hat-trick from the tournament's leading scorer, Jorge Lombi. Argentina twice conceded a three-goal lead and Spain's two goals in the last two minutes kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.

The last of the seven qualifying places was eventually taken by New Zealand, who beat Canada 4-0 with two goals from Umesh Parag. The first came in the 17th minute after good work down the right wing by Bevan Hari, and his second in the final minute. In between, second-half goals from Wayne McIndoe and David Kosoof had sealed Canada's hopes.

Scotland finished their campaign with a 5-4 Golden Goal win against Chile to finish in 11th place. Wales, beaten 2-1 by France, finished one place higher. Although neither qualified for the World Cup, Wales have the consolation of taking the last Commonwealth Games place next July in Manchester.

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