Tracey Neville’s side ran out 64-32 winners to open their account at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.
Guthrie said after the win:
“We’re obviously relieved – there were some nerves out there today and I think that showed in certain things that we did out there. But it’s a home World Cup and we’re happy to get that first win.
“We weren’t really allowed to get a flow going tonight, but that’s not a bad thing – this is a World Cup and teams won’t be making it easy for us. I’m pleased with the way we dealt with some things and kept the scoreboard ticking over.
“There are so many different teams with different styles here and you’ve got to mix it up, and that’s what it was about for us tonight. It wasn’t perfect and we won’t be 100% happy with some of the stuff we executed out there tonight. While it’s a good start, there’s a bit of work to do.”
Among the reasons to celebrate for England tonight was goal shooter Jo Harten reaching her century of international caps.
Of her team-mate, Guthrie said:
“Jo’s a stalwart for us. It’s her 100th game for us tonight so it was amazing for us to get that win for her. She’s an incredibly passionate player who provides a lot of composure for us, so she’ll be key for us moving forward in the competition.”