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Countdown to the Netball World Cup in Liverpool

Netball's world cup is coming to Liverpool Credit: pa

There's one year to go until the Netball World Cup will be coming to Liverpool.

The city will host the world's top 16 teams at the ACC arena.

The teams will be selected through both International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings and regional qualifying tournaments, with the final list of teams to be confirmed in September 2018.

As host nation, England automatically qualified for the tournament, along with the top five ranked teams; Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi.

They will be joined by Scotland, Northern Ireland, Samoa and Fiji all of whom qualified through their respective Regional Qualifier events earlier in 2018.

Unforgettable scenes in Manchester for England match

And Kieran Trippier's old school tweet their joy at his goal

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Fans are glued to the screen in Castlefield Manchester Credit: Sioux Sharp
The picture says it all Credit: Sioux Sharp

How to see Wednesday's semi-final in Manchester

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Just when it was looking like Manchester was going to be the only city without a big screen, car website Auto Trader and the city council answered the prayers of thousands of fans.

The event will be free - but fans will have to register for tickets to make sure the bowl's 8,000 or so capacity is adhered to.

A huge 120msq screen will installed in the Castlefield venue for the match and doors will be open from 4pm, with a bar area and food trailers open throughout the game.

Bar prices are yet to be set, but it's expected to be around £5 a pint for beer - and no spirits.

The event will end after the final whistle (9pm) or slightly later depending on extra time or a penalty shootout.

Alcohol will be on sale inside the venue in plastic cups, and people will not be able to bring in their own alcohol in cans or bottles.

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The event will be free (subject to a £1 booking fee) but those interested in attending must register for tickets, which will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ticket registration has opened and is available on AutoTrader.

Strict security measures will be in place, so guests are advised to follow guidelines in order to be allowed entry that will be publicised alongside ticket information.

Entry to the viewing area will be on Liverpool Road and Castle Street. A disabled access viewing area will be available. Free water will also be on site.

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'Nothing fazes me' - Everton's Jordon Pickford on helping England book first semi- final spot since 1990

England's man of the match Jordan Pickford Credit: PA

Jordan Pickford was the calmest man in Samara after his man-of-the-match performance helped England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

The Everton goalkeeper arrived in Russia not even sure he would start, but is putting together an unforgettable tournament, saving Colombia's fifth penalty to tee up England shootout success in the last 16 and producing three stunning saves to help see off Sweden in Saturday's quarter-final.

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli did the damage in the 2-0 win, but without a hat-trick of one-handed stops in the second half, it could have been a different story.

Yet the 24-year-old was the model of equilibrium as he collected the post-match award.

"Nothing fazes me. The pitch is always the same: same lines, same goal height, same game of football," he said of arguably England's biggest win in his lifetime.

"I just work hard every day in training. That's why I got a clean sheet tonight. All the saves I make in training are for showcasing them on a match day.

"I never put myself under any pressure. I embrace the moment."

There was only the slightest concession to the criticism which followed his failure to keep out Belgium's winner in the group stage - which included critiques of his technique and even his height.

"Criticism doesn't affect me. It makes me even better," he said.

"I always enjoy my football. Going out on the big stage makes it even better."

While the man himself was admirably reserved in his own reflections, manager Gareth Southgate had no reason to dial down his praise.

"Pickford, for me, is the sort of prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be," he said.

"His speed around the goal today, the saves he made at critical times and generally his distribution, there was some excellent moments picking out (Kieran) Trippier a few times with a reverse pass, able to play through the lines.

"So, to be able to play the way I think we want to play moving forwards, we need goalkeepers of that ilk."

Pickford also revealed he hurt his thumb when he attempted to thump the ground in a moment of frustration during the second half, but allayed any concerns over his fitness.

"It was a daft injury by myself," he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

"I went to punch the floor and ended up punching my knee and hurt my thumb. It was a bit of anger. But I'm a man, not a mouse. I'm fine and I'll live another day, won't I?

Our Sports Correspondent David Chisnall watched the game at Golden Square in Warrington and enjoyed the celebrations

Fair to say the celebrations continued long into the night.

There'll be increased policing on Saturday for the World Cup quarter-finals

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Greater Manchester Police are continuing to work in partnership with licensed premises and other partners to ensure football fans enjoy the World Cup safely.

Across the force, there will be an increased police presence visible for England’s forthcoming match against Sweden on Saturday 7 July, and for subsequent England matches should the team progress to the semi-finals and final.

Chief Superintendent Graeme Openshaw, who is in charge of policing during the World Cup, said:

I’m happy to say that we have had no serious incidents of disorder linked to the World Cup so far.

This is a testament to the good-natured behaviour of fans.

We encourage all fans to get behind their team responsibly.

We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity. We are not out to spoil your fun, but we will not tolerate criminal behaviour.

– Chief Superintendent Graeme Openshaw
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