Natalie earns England call-up for Netball Europe competition in Newcastle in May

England's Natalie Haythornthwaite (right) and Australia's Elizabeth Watson during the third international series match at The Copper Box, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 24, 2016. See PA story NETBALL England. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
England's Natalie Haythornthwaite (right) and Australia's Elizabeth Watson during the third international series match at The Copper Box, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 24, 2016. See PA story NETBALL England. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Barrowford’s Natalie Haythornthwaite has been named in England’s 12-strong squad for the Netball Europe competition in Newcastle next month.

Haythornthwaite has enjoyed an impressive first season with Manchester Thunder, after moving from Yorkshire Jets, helping Thunder top the Vitality Superleague by six points from Hertfordshire Mavericks, ahead of their rearranged meeting on Monday at Manchester Thunderdome.

Loughborough’s Ama Agbeze captains the side in the Championship section of the tournament between May 12th-15th, and the Roses, who plan to go full-time from June, will face Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Switzerland, as well as teams from Grenada and USA, will compete in the competition’s Challenge section.

England Roses: Helen Housby, Ella Clarke, Kadeen Corbin, Ellie Cardwell, Laura Malcolm (VC), Sophia Candappa, Hannah Joseph, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Jodie Gibson, Ama Agbeze (C), Sam Cook, Leah Kennedy.

Reserves: Eboni Beckford Chambers, Rebekah Airey, George Fisher, Gabrielle Marshall, Jess Shaw, Sara Bayman.