On May 16, 2023, England announced its 12-player team and three reserves for the Vitality Netball World Cup in South Africa. The team will begin their competition on July 28, with their first game against Barbados. Both Jade Clarke and Geba Mentor were named to their sixth World Cup squad, breaking England’s record previously set by assistant coach Sonia Mukoroma. The team also includes some new players who will be playing in their first major senior tournament with the Vitality Roses. Including Hummi Fadoj who showed off her quick reaction skills with two spectacular interceptions in the Netball Quad Series win against South Africa.
World Netball has allowed for travelling reserves for the first time due to tournament-ending injuries or illness. Harimat Addio, Amy Carter, and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis have been selected for the three reserve slots for England.
Jess Thirlby, England head coach, expressed her excitement for her team and their abilities, stating that they are a group that is well-balanced and offers versatility, which will be a huge potential advantage over other teams. Thirlby concluded that success will come from the players knowing their abilities and performing with high energy and confidence.
The full squad includes Imogen Allison, Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clarke, Fanmi Fadoj, Leila Gascos, Helen Houseby, Laura Malcolm, Jeva Mentor, Natalie Metcalfe, Chelsea Pitman, Olivia Cine, and Fran Williams.