Ex-Great Britain and England captain Alex Danson-Bennett has retired at age 34 as a result of a long-term concussion.

The injury was sustained on holiday, as she hit her head on a wall in 2018.

She returned to international hocket  in January after 18 months out, hopeful of making Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,

However, she has since decided to hang up her hockey stick as the risks associated with her concussion were considered too high.

Writing on Instagram, she said: “The challenge of returning to play following my head injury is too much, and the risk’s too high. 

“This is not a sad retirement. I have played more games in more tournaments than I could ever have dreamt of. I have made lifelong friends, travelled the world and loved every single minute of my career.

“I end my playing days completely content, proud of how I committed every day for 18 years and thankful to have had the most incredible people by my side. I look back and have not one single regret. I lived my dream.”