Helen Housby has been selected in England's 12-strong netball squad for their home World Cup.

Housby, from Drumleaning, near Wigton, who last year sunk the winning shot which earned the Red Roses Commonwealth Games gold, is expected to be one of England's star players at July's tournament.

She has made 58 caps so far, while the team will be captained by Serena Guthrie who has 90 caps to her name.

“Being selected and asked to be captain is a proud moment for me," said Guthrie.

"It’s going to be a real honour for us all to step out in front of the nation.

"After our triumph at the Commonwealth Games last year, the pressure is on to try and secure gold on a global stage again.

"The competition is tighter than ever but it's a huge comfort to be playing on home soil and to have the nation behind us. I can't wait."

Head coach Tracey Neville said: "There were some really tough decisions to make in selection. The World Cup is a challenging competition due to its format and the potential opposition we could come up against.

"All of the players selected are at their physical peak and have shown through the international and Vitality Netball Superleague season that they are able to consistently perform well under extreme pressure, which is crucial leading into July.

"It's fantastic to see the versatility we have among the final 12, plus the emergence of two outstanding leaders in Serena Guthrie as captain and Jade Clarke as vice-captain.

"Not only are they world-class players, but together, they have set the standard within our Roses programme, both on and off the court.

"Our final 12 have shown that they’re ready to perform and want to win.

"I’m excited to see these players compete in a home World Cup."

On Instragram, Housby said: "[The] secret is out - excited, proud and emotional to be selected to represent my country for the Netball World Cup.

"This squad is something special and netball is in the best place it’s ever been.

"See you in Liverpool!"

The tournament will be held from July 12 to July 21.