Meet Team England’s Commonwealth Games netball squad

England start the defence of their title on July 29 at Birmingham’s NEC Arena; Helen Housby, Jade Clarke and Geva Mentor among seven players selected who were victorious in 2018; Eleanor Cardwell, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Layla Guscoth and Laura Malcolm set for Commonwealth Games debuts

Team England are the defending champions at this summer’s Commonwealth Games netball competition, get to know the athletes head coach Jess Thirlby has selected for their title defence.

On the Gold Coast in 2018, England’s Vitality Roses won a first major Commonwealth Games gold medal after a thrilling final against Australia.

Helen Housby had nerves of steel to score the match-winning goal in the final seconds and now the team have the chance to defend their title on a home court in Birmingham.

The netball competition starts on July 29, with Team England playing in the first match against Trinidad & Tobago, before four further group matches. Following the group stages, the competition moves directly into the semi-finals and then final.

World champions New Zealand are in England’s group, while the No 1 ranked team in the world, Australia, sit in the other group.

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