Helen Housby: Shooter absent from England's Nations Cup squad

Natalie Haythornthwaite catches the ball
Natalie Haythornthwaite (centre) was part of the England side that lost to New Zealand in July's World Cup

Commonwealth gold-winning shooter Helen Housby is absent from the 14-strong squad named by England head coach Jess Thirlby for January's Nations Cup.

Natalie Haythornthwaite will captain the side as Serena Guthrie takes a break from international netball.

Manchester Thunder mid-courter Amy Carter, 21, has been given her first England call-up.

England host New Zealand, Jamaica and South Africa at the inaugural tournament, which starts on 19 January.

"There's a real blend of talent and experience amongst this squad," said Thirlby.

"It will be a fantastic opportunity to expose many of the newer faces to three of the top five world ranked teams, whilst doing so at an almost sold-out home series which will be pretty unforgettable."

It will be the first time the Roses - who won Commonwealth gold in 2018 - have played in England since July's World Cup in Liverpool, where they finished third.

Head coach Tracey Neville stepped down after the competition, with new coach Thirlby leading England to a series win in South Africa earlier this month.

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