England Sevens head coach Simon Amor hailed his side's achievement in finishing third in Dubai in the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
England beat Australia in the quarter-final before narrowly losing to New Zealand in the semi-final but recovered to beat Fiji to the bronze medal.
“As a first tournament for us this season I’m really proud of the continuous effort and the attitude the boys displayed in every single game," said Amor.
“We didn’t quite get our decision making right in terms of our attack – particularly in the New Zealand game where we had some chances but didn’t quite take those opportunities – but those are the margins at the top level now.
"If we can learn from that and keep on growing then we’ll be in a good place to really kick on for the rest of the season."
Amor reserved particular praise for Harry Glover who scored the last second winning try against Australia. “I’m also really proud of the effort in the last play situation against Australia, especially of Harry Glover who’s a student at Newcastle University," he said.
"This demonstrates the pathway we’re creating within the England Sevens programme and a big thank you must go to Newcastle for releasing Harry for this tournament."
England now travel to Cape Town where they will compete on 9-10 December. “It’s pretty evident looking at the games this tournament that the competition has gone up a level since last year – especially in the intensity, the running and the physicality.
"Next week will be very much about resting, recovering and getting the guys back into physical shape to compete in a tournament they thrived in last year.”