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Rushton and Everitt have made the U21 squad.

WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Sienna Ruston of Leeds Rhinos reaches for the ball with Zara Everitt of London Pulse during the match between London Pulse v Leeds Rhinos on day two of round 8 of the Vitality Netball Superleague at Studio 001 on March 29, 2021 in Wakefield, England. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

26 Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) athletes have been selected for the England U21 squad for 2021 by newly-appointed Head Coach Victoria Burgess and Assistant Coach Colette Thomson.

Seven Superleague teams have been represented in the U21 squad while all nine English VNSL teams have at least one representative in the England U19 squad.

A handful of those selected notably featured in the recent 2021 season. Young Player of the Season Funmi Fadoju makes the squad as does the likes of title-winner Suzie Liverseidge and Sienna Rushton who started as goal shooter at Finals Weekend.

Head CoachBurgess is Head of Loughborough Lightning’s Performance Pathway Programme and was Assistant Coach to Sara Bayman as Lightning recently won their first-ever VNSL title.

Burgess said: “The athletes have all put in a lot of hard work to be selected into the programme and have shown outstanding commitment and resilience to adapt to the different environments in this time.

“We saw some standout performances from players in this age group in the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season, displaying leadership and a maturity beyond their years.

“I can’t wait to work with such a talented group of athletes, as well as their club coaches, and use my knowledge and experience to support their development.”

The selected athletes are: 

Name  Club  Name  Club 
Alicia Scholes  Manchester Thunder  Alice Harvey  Loughborough Lightning 
Aliyah Zaranyika  Saracens Mavericks  Annabel Roddy  Loughborough Lightning 
Bella Baylis  Saracens Mavericks  Berri Neil  Manchester Thunder 
Ella Bowen  Loughborough Lightning  Ellie Heyes  Manchester Thunder 
Ellie Rattu  London Pulse  Emilia Roscoe  Manchester Thunder 
Emma Rayner  Manchester Thunder  Emma Thacker  London Pulse 
Funmi Fadoju*  London Pulse  Hannah Passmore  Team Bath 
Hannah Williams  Loughborough Lightning  Kira Rothwell*  London Pulse 
Lola Wheeler  London Pulse  Millie Sanders  Manchester Thunder 
Olivia Tchine*  London Pulse  Rachael Fee  Team Bath 
Savannah Dada-Mascoll  Manchester Thunder  Sienna Rushton*  Leeds Rhinos 
Stacey Tankoua  Manchester Thunder  Suzie Liverseidge  Loughborough Lightning 
Yasmin Roebuck  Manchester Thunder  Zara Everitt*  London Pulse 

*also in the 2021-22 Roses Futures programme 

Players have been selected for a behind-closed-doors performance competition camp from 27-30 July at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. This will provide an opportunity for an England U21 and two England U19 teams to be exposed to competitive match play against Wales and Scotland.

Athletes selected for the squads are named below:

England U21 Performance Competition squad: 

Name  Club  Name  Club 
Alicia Scholes  Manchester Thunder  Alice Harvey  Loughborough Lightning 
Aliyah Zaranyika  Saracens Mavericks  Annabel Roddy  Loughborough Lightning 
Bella Baylis  Saracens Mavericks  Berri Neil  Manchester Thunder 
Ella Bowen  Loughborough Lightning  Ellie Heyes  Manchester Thunder 
Ellie Rattu 

Vice Captain 

London Pulse  Emilia Roscoe  Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Passmore  Team Bath  Hannah Williams Captain  Loughborough Lightning 
Lola Wheeler  London Pulse  Rachael Fee  Team Bath 
Savannah Dada-Mascoll  Manchester Thunder  Stacey Tankoua  Manchester Thunder 

 U21 reserves and playing in the England U19 squads: Emma Rayner, Emma Thacker and Yasmin Roebuck 

England U19 Performance Competition squads: 

Name  Club  Name  Club 
Ellie Harding
Vice Captain 
Wasps  Bethan Lount  Loughborough Lightning 
Georgie Brock-Taylor  Loughborough Lightning  Bridget Morgan  Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Diamond Captain  Manchester Thunder  Emma Rayner** Captain  Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Howl  Severn Stars  Emma Thacker**  London Pulse 
Harriet Jones  Manchester Thunder  Freya Henshall  London Pulse 
Isabelle Eaton  Severn Stars  Halee Robinson  Severn Stars 
Lydia Harrison  Leeds Rhinos  Jayda Pechova  London Pulse 
Megan Thorne  Wasps  Kaedin Gumbs  Manchester Thunder 
Millie Van Nierop  Loughborough Lightning  Molly Hole  Team Bath 
Peace Akinyemi  London Pulse  Rae Williams  Manchester Thunder 
Pippa Dixon  Saracens Mavericks   Silvia McCarthy  Manchester Thunder 
Tabitha Tooms  Loughborough Lightning  Sophie Kelly  Surrey Storm 
Yomi Eza-Wilson  Manchester Thunder  Yasmin Roebuck** Vice Captain  Manchester Thunder 

**U21 programme 

Congratulations to all athletes selected!

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