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14 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Neville proud of England after ’emotional’ start to tournament

England coach Tracey Neville admitted that her team endured an emotional evening after Layla Guscoth was ruled out of the remainder of the Vitality Netball World Cup yesterday, but was delighted at the way the Roses have responded to the setback.

Guscoth ruptured her Achilles during the first quarter of England’s win against Scotland, and watched from the sidelines as the Roses made it three wins from three Group D games against Samoa today.

After seeing her side complete a 90-24 victory, Neville described the impact that Guscoth’s injury has had on the group.

She said:

“It’s heartbreaking for Layla’s World Cup to be ending now. When these things happen you have to look at the person rather than the athlete, but in this circumstance the show must go on and the team know that.

“There was emotion last night – there’s nothing wrong with showing emotion, that means she means a lot to us. If there wasn’t that emotion shared I’d be really worried within the team, however we walked out of our team meeting and went into dinner and the next minute they were doing pranks on each other and stuff like that.

“Sometimes you just need to come together in times of hardship and you prepare and plan for this. If I was going into war, this is the group I’d like to take with me.”

Neville was also full of praise for the M&S Bank Arena crowd, which has created a partisan atmosphere for all three of England’s fixtures so far.

She added:

“I actually thought I’d get used to the atmosphere over this tournament, but it seems like the crowd is getting louder and the passion is getting more intense! It’s really helping our team, so we hope that it continues as the tournament goes on.”