Updated: 08/12/2012 23:44 | By pa.press.net

England beaten by Belgium



Jason Lee's England suffered defeat to Belgium in their first Champions Trophy classification match

Jason Lee's England suffered defeat to Belgium in their first Champions Trophy classification match

England slipped to a 4-0 defeat in their first Champions Trophy classification match as they were overwhelmed by Belgium in the second half in Melbourne.

Jason Lee's men were left fighting for the minor places after losing their quarter-final to Australia, and, despite holding their own for much of the first half, they fell behind to Jerome Truyens' field goal in the 27th minute.

It fell apart for England in the final 10 minutes as further goals from Cedric Charlier, Loick Luypert and a second from Truyens saw Belgium sweep to a comfortable win.

Lee said: "I was pleased with the performance in the first 20 to 25 minutes but we failed to capitalise on our chances in that spell. In the second half it was clear to see us starting to tire as we reach the end of what has been a long trip."

England will now play off for seventh against either Germany or New Zealand.

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