PROUD mum Helen France cheered on her daughter Katherine Somerville and the England team to seventh place in the Under-21s World Cup in Chile.

After finishing second in their group, England's hopes of glory were dashed by Spain, who beat them 5-3 in the quarter-finals.

But Whitefield-based Somerville, who kept goal for five of England's six matches, helped them bounce back to beat USA 3-1 in their final game.

Helen said: "Katherine had a good tournament playing in goal for the games against Chile (2-1 win), Australia (1-1), South Africa (3-3), Spain (5-2 defeat) and the USA (3-1 win).

"We are obviously very proud of Katherine and her team-mates, who all played really well in what were very hot, testing conditions against some strong and experienced sides."

England looked set to go into the break locked at 1-1 in their last-eight encounter against Spain before conceding in the final minute of the half.

A burst of three goals in seven minutes for the Spaniards early in the second half ended the match as a contest, although England did rally with two goals from Megan Crowther setting up a nervy final 10 minutes.

Despite missing out on a semi-final berth, teams play on at hockey tournaments to work out the minor placings.

Somerville was rested for England's next match – a 1-0 defeat to Germany – but came back to play a starring role in their last match against the United States to end the tournament on a happy note.

And while the 19-year-old former Bury Jaguar player will return home from South America with mixed emotions, her mum believes she will have gained a lot from the experience.

Helen added: "What a beautiful, friendly country it is and the support for the hockey World Cup among the Chile fans was as loud and partisan as you would expect from a passionate sport-loving crowd."