Helen Housby will today hope to help guide England to the Netball World Cup final when they take on New Zealand.

Cumbrian Housby has played her part at the home tournament in Liverpool so far for Tracey Neville’s team who have a 100 per cent record, having beaten Uganda, Scotland, Samoa, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa to top Group G.

Their latest victory on Thursday night, beating South Africa 58-47 in their final group match, booked a semi-final meeting with New Zealand today (3pm start) after the Proteas have faced holders Australia in the first semi-final (11.15am start).

Against South Africa, the Roses outclassed their opponents - especially in the first half. World number five side South Africa closed the gap after the break but England’s unbeaten record never felt under threat.

"We’re expecting an in-form team," said Housby's team-mate, Jade Clarke, on what kind of test the Kiwis will pose England.

"They’ve got amazing players like Casey Kopua, Laura Langman and Maria Folau; they’ve been there and done it all before.

"We’re expecting to meet one of the best teams in the world that are in form and are raring to go. They’ve got a point to prove, we’ve got a point to prove, so it’s just going to be an amazing game in front of our home crowd."

Captain Serena Guthrie added: “New Zealand have a lot of experience throughout the whole court but so have we.

“I think it’s going to be a great battle.”

Last year, 24-year-old Housby, from Drumleaning, near Wigton, sunk the winning shot which earned England Commonwealth Games gold.