England national netball team

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Nickname(s)Vitality Roses, The Roses
AssociationEngland Netball
ConfederationNetball Europe (Europe)
Head coachJess Thirlby
Asst coachColette Thompson
CaptainNatalie Metcalf
World ranking3 Increase
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Team colours
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Team colours
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First international
England  25 – 3  Scotland
England  25 – 3  Wales
Both games played in 1949
Netball World Cup
2019 placing3rd
Best result2nd (1975)
Commonwealth Games
Appearances6 (Debuted in 1998)
2018 placing1st
Best result1st (2018)

The England national women's netball team, also known as the Vitality Roses, represent England in international netball competition. England are coached by Jess Thirlby, and are currently captained by Natalie Metcalf. As of 1 July 2020, the team is ranked third in the INF World Rankings.[1] England have won one silver and several bronze medals at the World Cup and have won one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.


The England national netball team was established in 1963, ahead of the inaugural Netball World Championships held in Eastbourne that year.[2] England have appeared at every World Championships (since renamed as the World Cup) and most recently the team competed at the 2019 Netball World Cup, finishing third. Their highest placing at a World Championship was second in 1975. They have twice won the World Netball Series, a tournament with experimental rules designed to speed up the game. Their best result in a major tournament is a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Although international netball was historically dominated by Australia and New Zealand, in recent years England have recorded several impressive victories over Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica, signalling their increasing competitiveness against other elite nations.[3] This development was demonstrated in the team's second place at the 2018 Quad Series, where they lost to Australia by a narrow margin.[4] England's rapid improvement occurred under the tutelage of then-head coach Tracey Neville, who was permanently appointed to the role in September 2015.[5] The team earned their first Commonwealth Games gold medal in a landmark victory over Australia in April 2018 and several months later rose to second on the INF World Rankings.[6][7] Following a narrow semi-final defeat and eventual bronze medal at the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool, Neville stood down from the role. She was replaced as coach by Jess Thirlby, who represented England during her playing career and coached under-age national teams and Team Bath in the Superleague.[8]

The current co-captains of the team are Serena Guthrie and Laura Malcolm.[9]


Roses squad[edit]

The current squad was selected for the 2022 Quad Series.

England Roses roster
Players Coaches
Name Pos DOB Height Club Nat Caps
Imogen Allison WD, C 24/04/1998 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Team Bath England 6
Eleanor Cardwell GS, GA 11/11/1994 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Manchester Thunder England 36
Ella Clark GA, GS 08/02/1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Loughborough Lightning England 5
Jade Clarke C, WD 17/10/1983 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Leeds Rhinos England 184
Beth Cobden WD, C, GD 03/02/1993 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Loughborough Lightning England 33
Sophie Drakeford-Lewis GA, WA 10/12/1998 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Team Bath England 10
Zara Everitt GD, WD 05/05/2000 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) London Pulse England 0
Funmi Fadoju GD, GK, WD 15/07/2002 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) London Pulse England 0
George Fisher GS, GA 30/09/1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Southern Steel England 21
Stacey Francis-Bayman GD, GK, WD 01/01/1988 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) West Coast Fever England 74
Layla Guscoth GD, WD, GK 02/03/1992 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Team Bath England 33
Joanne Harten GS, GA 21/03/1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Giants Netball England 107
Alice Harvey GK, GD 03/04/2001 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Loughborough Lightning England 0
Helen Housby GA, GS 19/01/1995 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) New South Wales Swifts England 70
Hannah Joseph WA, C 08/02/1994 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Loughborough Lightning England 4
Laura Malcolm C, WD, GD, WA 20/05/1991 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Manchester Thunder England 37
Geva Mentor GK 17/09/1984 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Collingwood Magpies England 153
Natalie Metcalf (vc) WA, GA, C, GS 09/12/1992 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Manchester Thunder England 50
Natalie Panagarry C, WD 27/12/1990 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Loughborough Lightning England 17
Razia Quashie GD, GK 16/09/1997 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Saracens Mavericks England 15
Ellie Rattu C, WD 04/04/2000 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) London Pulse England 0
Olivia Tchine GS, GA 22/11/2000 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) London Pulse England 0
Eboni Usoro-Brown GK, GD 04/02/1988 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Queensland Firebirds England 111
Francesca Williams GD, GK, WD 23/12/1997 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Loughborough Lightning England 19
Head coach
Assistant coach

  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured or on maternity leave – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 3 May 2022

Player statistics can be found here.

Notable past players[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Netball World Cup
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England Med 3.png 3rd
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia 4th
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica Med 3.png 3rd
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Med 2.png 2nd
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 4th
1983 6th World Championships Singapore 4th
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland 4th
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia 4th
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England 4th
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica 4th
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2011 13th World Championships Singapore Med 3.png 3rd
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
2019 15th World Cup Liverpool, England

Med 3.png 3rd

Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Med 3.png 3rd
2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England 4th
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India Med 3.png 3rd
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland 4th
2018 XXI Games 6th Netball Gold Coast, Australia Med 1.png 1st
World Netball Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England 4th
2010 2nd World Series Liverpool, England Med 2.png 2nd
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England Med 1.png 1st
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 2.png 2nd
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 6th
2014 6th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2016 7th World Series Melbourne, Australia 4th
2017 8th World Series Melbourne, Australia Med 1.png 1st
2018 9th World Series Melbourne, Australia 5th
Netball Quad Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2016 1st Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 3rd
2017 (I) 2nd Quad Series England/South Africa 3rd
2017 (II) 3rd Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 3rd
2018 (I) 4th Quad Series England/South Africa 2nd
2018 (II) 5th Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 2nd
2019 6th Quad Series England 2nd
2022 7th Quad Series England 2nd


Kit suppliers[edit]

England's kits and off-court ranges are currently supplied by Nike. The global sports brand announced a multi-year deal with England Netball, the national team and the organisation's 3,000 clubs across the country in 2018.[11] Before the Nike announcement, the Roses kits were provided by BLK.[12]


  1. ^ "INF World Rankings". International Netball Federation.
  2. ^ "1963 The first World Netball Tournament". Our Netball History. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Champions New Zealand wary of English threat". 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Australia beat New Zealand to win Quad Series as England clinch second spot". SkySports.co.uk. 28 January 2018. Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Tracey Neville appointed England coach on a permanent basis". SkySports.co.uk. 17 September 2015. Archived from the original on 29 January 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games: England shock Australia to win netball gold". BBC Sport. 15 April 2018. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "England Roses up to second in INF World Ranking". England Netball. 2 July 2018. Archived from the original on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Jess Thirlby named new head coach of England netball". BBC Sport. 26 July 2019. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  9. ^ "England netball: Serena Guthrie & Laura Malcolm named as co-captains for NZ games". BBC Sport. 13 October 2020.
  10. ^ "England's netballers set sights on new horizons after Spoty double". Guardian. 18 December 2018. Archived from the original on 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Nike Partners With England Netball to Grow the Sport". news.nike.com. 27 November 2018. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ "BLK launches new focus on women's sport". blksport.com. 20 October 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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