England host the Netball World Cup looking to be crowned champions for the first ever time.
The Roses have never won a World Cup, indeed their best ever performance was runner-up in 1975, but they are coming into the tournament as Commonwealth Gold medalists – having beaten Australia on home soil last year.
Tracey Neville leads England into the tournament, but she insists that they have already come down from their success in Australia last year.
“I don’t like to say we’re on a high,” Neville said.
“We have lacked a lot of confidence through particular aspects over the last 15 years. We were a team who were constantly failing at that third and fourth semi-final position and we’re in a position where just stepping over that mental barrier was absolutely crucial.
“So, for the Commonwealth Games, to get into the final, which was one of our targets, was about the confidence and belief.”
Australia come into the competition as favourites, and head coach Lisa Alexander is confident they can bounce back.
“I think that this group, because it is so different to last time, they are hungry for the chase and I can’t wait to see them out there,” said Alexander.
England go into the finals as second favourites, knowing they will not face Australia until the semi-finals at the earliest, but likely the final.
And the Bookmakers believe it will be an England v Australia final, and we spoke to Amy Jones of Paddy Power ahead of the tournament
“The Netball World Cup returns on Friday, and there’ll be a lot of eyes on the Neville family once again as fans root for Tracey’s England side. They won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games last year, and are second favourites to replicate success here.
“But it’s Australia who lead the betting – despite a distinct lack of wagers with PP – as them and New Zealand have dominated the tournament for years.
“Hopefully Tracey can put her city allegiances aside, as the tournament is held in Liverpool, and take her team even further than Phil managed in the Women’s World Cup.”
Here is a rundown of every squad going into the finals:
Caitlin Bassett (c), April Brandley, Kelsey Browne, Courtney Bruce, Paige Hadley, Sarah Klau, Jamie-Lee Price, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Steph Wood.
Coach: Lisa Alexander
Noleen Armstrong, Niamh Cooper, Shaunagh Craig, Ciara Crosbie, Michelle Drayne, Gemma Lawlor, Emma Magee, Michelle Magee, Lisa McCaffrey, Caroline O’Hanlon (c), Fionnuala Toner, Neamh Woods.
Coach: Dan Ryan
Sharon T Bwanali, Pauline Jani, Rudo Karume, Felisitus Kwangwa, Claris Kwaramba, Ndaizivei Madzikangava, Sharleen Makusha, Patricia Mauladi, Adelaide Muskwe, Ursula Ndlovu, Perpetua Y Siyachitema (c), Joice Takaidza.
Coach: Lloyd Makunde
Deepika Abeykoon, Dharshika Abeywickrema, Gayanjali Amarawansa, Dulanga Ambeygoda, Gayani Dissanayake, Chathurangi Jayasooriya (c), Hasitha Mendis, Nauchalie Rajapakse, Elilenthinie Sethukavalar, Tharjini Sivalingam, Dulangi Wannithileka, Thilini Waththegedera.
Coach: Thilaka Jinadasa
Maria Folau, Laura Langman (c), Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Gina Crampton, Bailey Mes, Casey Kopua, Jane Watson, Shannon Saunders, Karin Burger, Phoenix Karaka, Katrina Rore, Te Paea Selby-Rickett.
Coach: Noeline Taurua
Jane Chimaliro, Thandie Galleta, Joanna Kachilika (c), Alinafe Kamwala, Bridget Kumwenda, Takondwa Lwazi, Caroline Mtukule, Joyce Mvula, Grace Mwafulirwa, Loreen Ngwira, Sindi Simtowe, Towera Vinkhumbo.
Coach: Griffin Saenda
Shonette Azore-Bruce, Latonia Blackman, Samantha Browne, Damisha Croney, Brianna Holder, Rieah Holder, Amanda Knight, Rhe-Ann Niles-Mapp (c), Tonisha Rock-Yaw, Shonte Seale, Sheniqua Thomas, Shonica Wharton.
Coach: Sandra Bruce-Small
Aqilah Andin, Carmen Jia M Goh, Shuyi Kwok, Pei Shan Lee, Kimberly Lim, Sindhu Nair, Siti Nurshawa Rashid, Charmaine Soh (c), Xinyi Tan, Melody Teo, Joanna Toh, Kai Wei Toh.
Coach: Natalie Milicich
Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Kadie-ann Dehaney, Nicole Dixon, Stacian Facey, Jhaniele Fowler (c), Rebekah Robinson, Shamera Sterling, Adean Thomas, Jodiann Ward, Khadijah Williams, Vangalee Williams.
Coaches: Marvette Anderson and Sasher Gaye-Henry
Erin Burger, Izette Griesel, Maryka Hotzhausen, Chawane Khanyisa, Phumza Maweni, Bongiwe Msomi (c), Lenize Potgieter, Karla Pretorius, Renske Stolz, Shadine van der Merwe, Ine Mari Venter, Vimbela Zanele.
Coach: Norma Plummer
Trinidad and Tobago
Aniecia Baptiste, Shaquanda Greene, Candice Guerero, Tahirah Hollingsworth, Onella Jack, Rhonda John-Davis (c), Kalifa McCollin, Jameela McCarthy, Shantel Seemungal, Shernece Seemungal, Daystar Swift, Samantha Wallace.
Coach: Wesley Gomes
Adi Vakaoca Bolakoro, Kaitlyn Fisher, Episake Gaunavinaka, Uniaisi Gaunavinaka (c), Ema Mualuvu, Kelera Nawai, Lydia Panapasa, Asilika Sevutia, Aliti Toribau, Matila Vocea, Aliso Wainidroa, Laisani Waqa.
Coach: Vicki Wilson
Jade Clarke, Rachel Dunn, Layla Guscoth, Serena Guthrie (c), Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Natalie Panagarry, Chelsea Pitman, Ebony Usoro-Brown, Francesca Williams.
Coach: Tracey Neville
Emma Barrie, Kelly Boyle, Lynsey Gallagher, Ella Gibbons, Bethan Goodwin, Sarah MacPhail, Claire Maxwell (c), Niamh McCall, Nicola McCleery, Hayley Mulheron, Emily Nicholl, Lauren Tait.
Coach: Gail Parata
Jesca Achan, Lilian Ajio, Mary Nuba Cholock, Betty Kizza, Ruth Meeme, Joan Nampungu, Muhayimina Namuwaya, Stella Nanfuka, Racheal Nanyonga, Sylvia Nanyonga, Stella Oyella, Peace Proscovia (c).
Coach: Rashid Mubiru
Estea Autagavaia, Ariana Luamanu, Lenora Misa, Rachel Rasmussen, Ann Helen Nu’uali’itia, Soli Ropati, Tee Salanoa, Afi Lafaiali’i Sapolu, Gene Solia-Gibb (c), Toa Tanimo, Sanita To’o, Brooke Amber Williams (c).
Coach: Frances Solia