England Netball World Cup 2019 squad – will the Roses repeat their Commonwealth glory?
THE Netball World Cup is just around the corner and fans across the country will be supporting the England Roses to see if they can replicate their stunning gold medal winning performance at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
So what is England’s world ranking, what are their chances of winning and who’s in the squad?
Who is in the England World Cup netball squad?
Serena Guthrie (Captain) – C / WA
Rightly appointed captain for the Roses for the 2019 World Cup campaign, Serena is a game-changing centre court player with 51 caps under her belt.
The 29-year-old stands at 5ft 11in and is one of the speediest players around the court – her interceptions can turn a match around.
Serena has split her career between the UK, the ANZ and Australian Superleagues – returning to Team Bath for the 2019 season.
Jade Clarke (Vice Captain) – C / WA
Jade is England’s most capped player with 161 appearances to her name.
A brilliant mid-courter, 35-year-old Jade is currently playing in the UK Vitality Superleague for Wasps Netball after returning from a 7-year stint down under in both the ANZ Championships and the Australian Superleague.
Jo Harten – GS / GA
Jo is a powerhouse of a 6ft 2 in goal shooter who has appeared 99 times for England.
She’s played most of her career in the ANZ and Australian leagues and is a key player for the Giants, in 2018 she scored an impressive 453 goals from 520 attempts.
Helen Housby – GA / GS
Who can forget Helen Housby’s cool, calm match-winning final second goal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final?
Aged just 24, Helen has earned 58 England caps and with her skills in the circle, she’s likely to earn 58 more.
She started her domestic career being nurtured by Tracey Neville at Manchester Thunder and moved to play for the New South Wales Swifts in the Aussie league in 2017.
Rachel Dunn – GS / GA
36-year-old Rachel is a genetic scientist when she’s not on the court for Wasps although how she finds the time having made over 200 domestic Superleague plus 86 England caps is anyone’s guess.
A hugely experienced and safe pair of hands in the shooting circle, Rachel is still going strong and playing some of the best netball of her career
Chelsea Pitman – WA / GA
Australian born Chelsea has played all of her domestic netball in the Australian league where she’s currently signed to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Aged 31, the experienced midcourt player represented the Australian Diamonds before switching to the English National team through her Yorkshire-born father.
Natalie Haythornthwaite – WA / GA
26-year-old Natalie was mightily impressive during her debut domestic seasons at Manchester Thunder.
She moved to Superleague winning Wasps before heading down under to play for the New South Wales Swifts and has earned 28 caps playing for the Roses.
Natalie is invaluable in attack – able to switch positions seamlessly between wing and goal attack.
Natalie Panagarry – C / WA
28-year-old Natalie currently plays for Loughborough Lightning in the UK Superleague.
A great domestic season has earned her a spot in the World Cup squad – she’s currently won eight caps for the Roses.
Geva Mentor – GK
6ft 2in Geva is one of the most respected goalkeepers in the world.
Since making her England debut in 2001 at the age of 16, she’s won 135 caps and was awarded a CBE in the 2019 honours list.
Geva, now 34, plays her domestic netball in the Australian Super League for the Collingwood Magpies
Eboni Usoro-Brown – GD / GK
31-year-old Eboni (formerly Beckford-Chambers) made her international debut for England in 2008.
Since then the 6ft 1in defender has built on her reputation as a solid presence in defence for both the Roses and Team Bath.
Francesca Williams – GD / WD
The most inexperienced member of the squad, 21-year-old Fran current has 3 England caps.
The 6ft defender plays her domestic netball for Wasps and was impressive for the Roses in the 2019 Quad Series.
Layla Guscoth – GD / WD / GK
A versatile defender, Layla has just completed her first season for the Adelaide Thunderbirds after playing in the UK Vitality Superleague for seven years.
Also a junior doctor, she took time off from international play to concentrate on her studies before returning in 2018.
Tracey Neville – Coach
42-year-old Tracey Neville is a legend in English netball and is the sister of retired football stars Gary and Phil Neville.
She played for England from 1993-2008 at wing and goal attack earning 81 caps.
After retiring as a player, she came into her own as a coach when she took on Manchester Thunder before moving into the England job in 2015.
Under her guidance, the national side has gone from strength to strength, moving up the world rankings and the praise heaped on Tracey after she coached the Roses to their historic 2018 Commonwealth gold was well-earned.
Tracey is stepping down as national coach following the World Cup – let’s hope she can take away a second gold as a parting gift!
Where is England ranked in world netball?
2018 was a massive year for English Netball when the Roses defeated the reigning Commonwealth Games champions, Australia, in a nail-biting final to bring home the gold medal.
England is currently ranked No 3 in the world rankings behind Australia and Jamaica and is seeded second for the World Cup.
The Roses have never won the tournament in their previous 14 outings – their highest finish was in 1975 when they lost out in the final to world dominators Australia.
With a strong squad, England is the second favourite to win the 2019 World Cup – check out the full fixture list plus how to watch their matches live.