Head Coach of the Vitality Roses, Tracey Neville, has revealed her 12-strong squad which will face the Uganda She Cranes in the three-match Vitality Netball International Series starting this November.
Serena Guthrie will captain the Roses, with Jade Clarke as vice-captain, when they go head-to-head with Uganda.
The world number two team are now gearing up for the first match of the series, which will take place on 27 November at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The second and third matches are set for 30 November and 2 December at the Copper Box Arena in London.
The Vitality Roses squad selected is as follows:
|Helen Housby (52 caps)||Serena Guthrie (C) (84 caps)||Layla Guscoth (21 caps)|
|Rachel Dunn (82 caps)||Sasha Corbin (68 caps)||Razia Quashie (3 caps)|
|George Fisher (3 caps)||Jade Clarke (VC) (156 caps)||Eboni Usoro-Brown (90 caps)|
|Natalie Haythornthwaite (31 caps)||Gabriella Marshall (4 caps)||Jodie Gibson (23 caps)|
Coaches: Tracey Neville and Colette Thompson.
England’s last meeting with the She Cranes was at the Gold Coast as the Roses made history, scoring a last-gasp goal and claiming Commonwealth Games gold against home favourites Australia in the final.
The Vitality Roses narrowly beat the She Cranes 52-49 on their journey to gold with the African champions finishing in an impressive sixth place in their debut Games.
Following her selection for the squad, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Serena Guthrie, said: “I think it’s going to be a really exciting series, Uganda are a really good up and coming African team and it’s going to be interesting to have them over for the three-match series. I’m excited to play as well in front of a home crowd as it’s been a while since we’ve been in front of our fans, so I’m hoping we’re going to have a big crowd there to support us.
“It’s one series I’ve really been looking forward to and been wanting to be picked for as it’s great to play in front of our home crowd.”
Ama Agbeze was not available for selection due to an injury sustained to her knee in the Jamaica Sunshine Series.
Fans of the Vitality Netball Superleague will recognise Uganda’s captain during the series – Loughborough Lightning star Peace Proscovia.
The Roses will be in action on the following dates and times:
England v Uganda
|1||Tue 27 Nov – 19:00||Echo Arena, Liverpool|
|2||Fri 30 Nov – 19:00||Copper Box Arena, London|
|3||Sun 2 Dec – 14:15||Copper Box Arena, London|
Tickets for the series are still available via the Ticket Factory.
You can follow the results of the series via England Netball’s Twitter account and watch every single match live exclusively on Sky Sports.