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Sheffield Steelers players have been given a pat on the back by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Ashley Tait, Jonathan Phillips, Mark Thompson and Jason Hewitt and Steeldogs goalie Ben Bowns were in the Great Britain team that won silver medal at the World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

Cameron wrote to coach Paul Thompson complimenting his side on the “tremendous achievement” which had made the country proud.

Thompson said: ”It was a fantastic surprise.”