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Jersey's Guthrie to take 'elongated break' from England Netball

Guthrie has won 98 caps for England since making her debut in 2008. Credit: PA

Jersey netball star Serena Guthrie has announced she is to take a break from the sport.

The 29-year-old, who captained England at this summer's World Cup in Liverpool, will not be involved in the Roses' winter programme or the upcoming Superleague season.

England Netball says it follows "extensive discussions" with its performance team and is "by no means a retirement announcement for Serena".

Guthrie, who has been capped 98 times by England, retuned to Team Bath earlier this year after a spell in New Zealand and Australia.

We fully support Serena’s decision to take some time away from the Roses programme in 19/20 and for the next Superleague season. She has been a vital part of the Vitality Roses cohort since 2009 and more recently successfully captained the team to the podium at the Vitality Netball World Cup, so it will be sad not to see her in action with the Roses in the immediate future. However we know it’s important to always put the players’ needs at the forefront of everything we do and understand Serena’s desire to take an extended break and recovery for a year. This is by no means a retirement announcement for Serena, she is just taking some time away. We completely respect her wishes and hope to see her back on the court soon.

– Sara Symington, performance director, England Netball