England name squad for World Netball Championships

England netball captain Karen Atkinson
Karen Atkinson will hope to play a leading role for England

England have named their squad for the World Netball Championships in July in Singapore.

The team will be co-captained by Karen Atkinson and Sonia Mkoloma, who has been playing for New South Wales Swifts in the ANZ Championship.

They start their campaign against Malawi on Monday 4 July before facing Barbados and Malaysia in Pool D.

"We have a strong, powerful line-up and are now totally focused heading into the Worlds," said coach Sue Hawkins.

England have missed out on medals at the last two World Championships in 2003 and 2007 with Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica filling the top three places.

Geva Mentor also returns from a stint in the ANZ to strengthen the England defence and is joined by Stacey Francis and Eboni Beckford-Chambers, who both impressed on the recent tour to Jamaica.

Serena Guthrie, Tamsin Greenway and Jade Clarke will compete for starting berths in the mid-court while the attacking circle consists of the same four players who toured the Caribbean - Pamela Cookey, Louisa Brownfield, Jo Harten and Rachel Dunn.

The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-finals with the final to take place on Sunday 10 July.

Squad: Sonia Mkoloma (Co-Captain), Karen Atkinson (Co-Captain), Geva Mentor, Stacey Francis, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jade Clarke, Serena Guthrie, Tamsin Greenway, Pamela Cookey, Louisa Brownfield, Jo Harten, Rachel Dunn