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Nat Metcalfe has been chosen to captain England for the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Nat Metcalfe has been named England captain for the Commonwealth Games and is leading an experienced team looking to defend their title in Birmingham this summer.

The England team won gold in dramatic style at the Gold Coast in 2018, Helen Hausby landed a last-second decisive blow against world leaders Australia.

The gold medal was England’s first in netball competition at the Commonwealth Games. The competition features the world’s top netball nations and is the sport’s peak competition as netball is not currently part of the Summer Olympics.

As captain of the competition this summer, Metcalfe takes the place of Serena Guthrie, who announced her pregnancy and retirement earlier this season.

Metcalfe played a central role in Manchester Thunder’s perfect season to win the Vitality Netball Super League and once had great success as England captain.

England national netball team

Eleanor Cardwell Jade Clark Beth Cobden
Sophie Drakeford Lewis Stacey Francis Bayman Leila Gascot
Joe Harten (vice-captain) Helen Howby Laura Malcolm
Mentor Geva Nat Metcalfe (Captain) Ebony Usoro-Brown

“Growing up I always wanted to play for England and I was asked to be the captain of the team – more than I could have imagined,” said the Manchester Thunder midfielder. “I am honored to be invited and I hope everyone will be proud of me.

“To have the opportunity to represent England at home in front of our incredible fans is so great. To be able to wear the red dress for England is always an honor and I can’t wait to see what we can do together in Birmingham. »

Metcalfe leads an experienced team of 12 athletes, selected by head coach Jess Thirlby, with 925 caps and 21 Commonwealth Games appearances.

Helen Hausby and Joe Harten have 183 matches between them, and they return to the English circle in this home competition.

Helen Hausby and Joe Harten have 183 matches between them, and they return to the English circle in this home competition.

Houseby returns with Australian Joe Harten, who has been named vice-captain. Thunder’s Eleanor Cardwell will capitalize on her first Commonwealth Games experience and complement the main shooting options in England.

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis adds versatility by being able to carry out attacks on goal and on the flanks. Laura Malcolm also gives head coach Thirlby a few options given her ability to perform well while donning one of three mid-court bibs.

England Team – Commonwealth Games Schedule

Friday 29 July England v Trinidad and Tobago
Saturday 30 July England – Malawi
Monday 1 August England – Northern Ireland
Tuesday 2 August England v Uganda
Thursday, August 4 New Zealand – England
Saturday 6 August semi-final
Sunday 7 August The final
England won their first major Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast in 2018.

England won their first major Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Beth Cobden and Jade Clark are two of the seven team members who won the Gold Coast at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Clarke is England’s most capped player. She will add to her 185 games for Birmingham and the tournament will be her fifth Commonwealth Games since she made her competitive debut in 2006.

In defence, Thirlby brought together some of the most experienced men in England. Layla Gascot will play in Birmingham in front of a home crowd and will try to put aside her injury-induced disappointment at the 2019 Netball World Cup.

Geva Mentor, who made his first England cap in 2000 and made 153 caps, is selected along with Ebony Usoro-Brown and Stacey Francis-Beyman. The trio will be in Birmingham to take you through their home netball game at Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball.

Geva Mentor has already won medals at three Commonwealth Games in 2006, 2010 and 2018.

Geva Mentor has already won medals at three Commonwealth Games in 2006, 2010 and 2018.

Imogen Allison, Funmi Fadojou, George Fisher and Hannah Joseph have been named as England’s reserves for the competition starting on 29 July.

England are in Group B along with Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Northern Ireland, Uganda and New Zealand. The team will open the tournament and play the opening match on the first day against Trinidad and Tobago at the NEC Arena.

Commonwealth Games – July 29 to August 7, NEC Arena.

group A Group B
Australia New Zealand
Jamaica England
South Africa Malawi
Scotland Uganda
Wales Trinidad and Tobago
Barbados Northern Ireland

“The team gives us the positional coverage and variety to be able to take on any of our toughest opponents,” Thirlby said.

“Every player knows what a netball final looks like and what is required of him, many of those who play at home and abroad, which is invaluable.

“With this experience, we can continue to ramp up our final training and the collective leadership of these 12 people is exceptional and one of our greatest strengths.

“We look forward to playing in another great competition and bringing our fans home soon after Liverpool in 2019, which is unlikely to be repeated in our lives and which we do not take for granted. »

The team has now flown to South Africa for a training camp, with the Australian members reuniting a few weeks after the conclusion of the final series of Suncorp Super Netball.

England squad: Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clark, Beth Cobden, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Stacey Francis-Beyman, Leila Gascot, Joe Harten (vice-captain), Helen Houseby, Laura Malcolm, Geva Mentor, Nat Metcalf (captain) and Ebony Usoro-Brown.