The Netball World Cup is about to get under way, and England’s Roses will be hoping to repeat their gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
When are England playing? What is their world ranking? And who is in coach Tracey Neville’s World Cup squad?
Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament, how you can watch it and who the players are.
The England team when they won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018
When is it?
The Netball World Cup 2019 begins in Liverpool on Friday, July 12 and will finish on Sunday, July 21.
It is the third time the international netball competition has been held on English soil since the international competition began in 1963.
How to watch the Netball World Cup 2019?
Tickets for the tournament have already sold out, but you can watch all the action on TV or online.
As broadcast sponsors, Sky Sports will show every game of the tournament.
The BBC will show every match of the Netball World Cup 2019 from Monday, July 15 onwards. This will be free to view.
Games will also be streamed on the BBC Sport website.
Coach Tracey Neville has said she will retire after this year’s World Cup tournament
Who are the England team?
The England netball team are coached by Tracey Neville, whose twin is England Women’s football coach Phil Neville.
Neville led England to glory at the 2018 Commonwealth Games beating Australia 52-51, but not everyone made her team this year.
In May, it was revealed former Commonwealth captain Ama Agbeze had missed out on selection. Here’s who is in Neville’s World Cup squad 2019.
Serena Guthrie, captain (plays WD, C, WA)
Guthrie is known for her speed on the court – and her ‘game-changing’ skills
The 29-year-old from Jersey made her professional debut when she was just 17 and has so far earned 51 caps for her country.
Known for her speed, this will be the third time Guthrie has competed in a World Cup.
In the Super Netball League, she has played for teams in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, but said she wanted to return to her old club Team Bath at the end of the 2018 season.
Of being appointed England captain, she said: ‘It’s a proud moment for me. It’s going to be a real honour for us all to step out in front of the nation.’
Jade Clarke, vice captain (plays WD, C, WA)
Jade Clarke is the most capped England netball player with 161 under her belt
Vice captain Jade Clarke is the most capped England netball player, with 161 to her name.
Primarily a midcourt defender, 2019 will be the fifth World Cup for the 35-year-old from Manchester.
She currently plays for Wasps in the UK’s Netball Superleague, but before that, completed successful stints at teams in Australia and New Zealand.
Helen Housby (plays GA, GS)
All eyes will be on Housby after her winning shot in the Commonwealth Games
With just three seconds to spare, Housby scored the winning shot against Australia, leading England to glory at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, making her one to watch this year.
The 24-year-old from Carlisle is a protege of coach Tracey Neville and has 58 caps under her belt.
Housby played in Superleague side Manchester Thunder until 2016. She now plays for the New South Wales Swifts in Australia.
Off court, she loves animals and has completed two years of a zoology degree.
Geva Mentor (plays GK, GD, WD)
Geva Mentor is one of the world’s best netball players and received a CBE in 2019
Mentor is a netball veteran, having been selected for the England national team back in 2000 at the age of just 16.
Now 34, the 6ft 2in goalkeeper from Bournemouth has clocked up 138 caps for England and competed in four World Cups.
She is one of the best netball players in the world, earning her a CBE in the 2019 honours list.
Mentor currently plays for the Collingwood Magpies in Australia.
Rachel Dunn (plays GS, GA)
Dunn has clocked up over 200 Netball Superleague appearances despite having a day job
Veteran shooter Dunn missed out on the England Commonwealth Games Squad, but is in Neville’s World Cup line-up.
The 36-year-old from Cambridge is an 86-time capped international and has made over 200 Netball Superleague appearances.
When she’s not on the court, she’s a genetic scientist, but somehow still finds the time to play for Wasps.
Layla Guscoth (plays GK, GD, WD and GA)
Guscoth combines her professional netball career with being a junior doctor
Guscoth is one of the most versatile players on the team, having first been selected to play for England in 2015.
The 27-year-old from Birmingham currently plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Australia.
Prior to that she played for Team Bath and the Hertfordshire Mavericks in the English Superleague, where she was twice named player of the season.
Guscoth is a qualified junior doctor and took time off from netball to study before returning to play in 2018.
Joanne Harten (plays GS, GA)
Standing at 6ft 2in, Harten is one of England’s top goal scorers
Jo Harten is a 99-capped England player and has competed in three World Cup tournaments.
The 30-year-old from Essex won a gold medal as a key member of the England team in the 2011 World Netball Series.
The 6ft 2in goal shooter currently plays for the Giants in the newly created Australian Super Netball league and was the team’s top goal scorer in 2018 with 453 goals from 520 attempts.
Chelsea Pitman (plays WA, C, GA)
Aussie Pitman can play for England because her father was born in Yorkshire
Pitman might be Australian, but she’s shooting for England in this year’s World Cup.
The 31-year-old from Sydney currently plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds alongside English teammate Guscoth. Both were appointed co-captains of the Thunderbirds ahead of the 2019 season.
She was able to switch to play for England as her father was born in Yorkshire.
Eboni Usoro-Brown (plays GK, GD)
Swapping one court for another: The 31-year-old from Solihull is also a qualified lawyer
Usoro-Brown made her England debut in 2008 at the age of 20 and has now clocked up 96 caps for her country.
She also has two World Cups under her belt, so 2019 will make it a hat-trick.
Off court, the 31-year-old from Solihull is a qualified lawyer. She currently plays for Team Bath.
Natalie Panagarry (plays C, WD)
Being the shortest player on the team won’t hinder Panagarry
The 28-year-old from Blackpool is the shortest player in the England team at 5ft 7ins – but that doesn’t make her any less fierce.
Panagarry is relatively new to the England team, with eight caps so far, but she’s earned her place in this year’s World Cup squad.
She currently plays for Loughborough Lightning in the UK’s Netball Superleague.
Francesca Williams (plays GD, WD)
At 21-years-old, Williams is the baby of the squad, and will make her World Cup debut in 2019
At 21 years old, Williams, from Richmond in west London, is the youngest in the squad.
Since making her debut on the international stage last November, the former under-21 team captain has enjoyed a rapid rise of success.
With three England caps, she’s now about to achieve her dream of competing in the World Cup.
‘It’s something I’ve always dreamt about and it still doesn’t feel quite right,’ she said.
Natalie Haythornthwaite (plays WA, GA)
Nat Haythornthwaite has overcome injury to be named in this year’s squad
Despite an injury at the start of the season, Natalie ‘Nat’ Haythornthwaite fought back to be picked for the England World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old, from Keighley in west Yorkshire, has 36 caps for England, and was part of the gold-winning team at the Commonwealth Games.
She previously played for Manchester Thunder and Wasps in the UK, before heading to Australia to play for the New South Wales Swifts. This is her first World Cup.
Where are England in the rankings?
England are currently third in the International Netball Federation world rankings, behind Jamaica at number two and Australia at number one.
Outside the top three, New Zealand are ranked fourth ahead of the World Cup, with South Africa in fifth, and Uganda getting into the top six for the first time.
This is followed by Scotland in seventh, Northern Ireland in eighth, Malawi in ninth and Trinidad & Tobago at 10. Wales slipped one place and are now at 11.
England fixtures announced so far (Group D)
- Friday, July 12: England v Uganda 7pm
- Saturday, July 13: England v Scotland 3pm
- Sunday, July 14: England v Samoa 11am