22 March 2019 | England, Uncategorized

Meet our teams: England

With 16 weeks to go until the first centre pass in Liverpool, we take a look at the 16 teams who will be going for gold. First up, it's our host nation, England.

INF world ranking: 2

Seeded: 2

World Cups played: 14

Highest World Cup finish: 2

England have played at all 14 previous editions of the Netball World Cup. They hosted the first ever Netball World Cup – known as the Netball World Championships then –  which took place in Eastbourne in 1963, and most recently hosted the tournament in Birmingham in 1995.

In 1975, under coach Mary French, England finished in second place, their highest ever position in a World Cup. They will be aiming to make history on home soil in 2019, going for gold for the first time, in front of their home crowd.

2018 was a big year for the Roses, winning Commonwealth Games gold by defeating reigning world champions Australia in an epic final that brought netball fever to the whole of England! Eight games stand between Tracey Neville’s side and another place in netball history.

Seeded second for the tournament, England will kick off their 2019 World Cup campaign against Uganda on Friday 12 July, before taking on Scotland and Samoa in their other Preliminaries Stage One Group D games. Click here for the full competition schedule.

Players to look out for

Born on the seaside coast of Bournemouth, Geva Mentor was selected for the England squad at just 15 years old and made her debut aged 16. At six foot two, goalkeeper Mentor has been leading the England squad from the back for almost two decades and has 135 England caps to her name. Mentor, who was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, is currently the most successful captain in the Super Netball league and last season racked up more deflections and defensive rebounds than any other player.

Jade Clarke is England’s most-capped player with 161 caps, and has competed at four World Cups and four Commonwealth Games. The 34-year-old mid-courter from Partington, Manchester, was part of the team who won Commonwealth gold at the Gold Coast Games in 2018. Clarke plays her domestic netball for reining Vitality Netball Superleague champions, Wasps. Clarke is also a Vitality Netball World Cup ambassador.

Serena Guthrie first made the England squad in 2008, debuting soon after when she was just 17 years old.  As one of the world’s most dynamic players, Guthrie’s outstanding performances for club and country have led to her reputation as a frequently unplayable centre. Guthrie was named in Super Netball’s team of the year for the 2018 season but has recently returned to England, now playing club netball for Team Bath in the Vitality Netball Superleague.

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