Metcalf to captain England at Commonwealths

Hosts: Birmingham Dates: 28 July to 8 August
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Natalie Metcalf will take on the England captaincy for the team’s Commonwealth Games title defence.

Commonwealth Games debutantes Eleanor Cardwell, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Layla Guscoth and Laura Malcolm are in a 12-player England squad for the Games, which begin in Birmingham next month.

England shocked hosts Australia to win a first Commonwealth gold in 2018.

Seven players from that victorious side have once again been picked by head coach Jess Thirlby.

Shooter Helen Housby – who scored in the final second to secure the historic gold four years ago – is named alongside Jo Harten, who will be vice-captain.

Fellow gold medallists Jade Clarke and Beth Cobden are included as centre-court options, with Eboni Usoro-Brown among the defenders.

Geva Mentor will play in her sixth Commonwealth Games and Stacey Francis-Bayman, who was on a break from international netball when England won gold, completes the squad.

More to follow.

England’s Commonwealth Games netball squad

Eleanor Cardwell (GA, GS), Jade Clarke (C, WD), Beth Cobden (WD, C), Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (GA, WA), Stacey Francis-Bayman (GD, WD, GK), Layla Guscoth (GD, GK), Joanne Harten (GS, GA), Helen Housby (GA, GS), Laura Malcolm (WD, C, WA), Geva Mentor (GK, GD), Natalie Metcalf (capt – WA, GA), Eboni Usoro-Brown (GD, GK).

Reserves: Imogen Allison (WD, C), Funmi Fadoju (GD, GK, WD), George Fisher (GS, GA), Hannah Joseph (WA, C).

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