Commonwealth Games: Stacey Francis believes England will be among the netball medals in Glasgow later this month


Last Updated: 18/07/14 7:19pm

Stacey Francis: Confident England will be among the medals at the Comonwealth Games in Glasgow

England netballer Stacey Francis believes the team's steely determination to be the world's best puts them in an excellent position to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

England have been drawn in Pool B where they face a run of three games in three days, beginning with Wales on July 25, followed by Australia and South Africa.

The top two teams in each pool battle it out for the medals and Francis insists the England team's straight-talking approach will benefit their quest to compete for the title.

"In the last Commonwealth Games and the World Championships we won bronze medal matches against Jamaica and beat them very convincingly," Francis told Sky Sports.

"Bronze isn’t to be sneered at and I think lots of teams going there would just be ecstatic with a bronze but we want to be the absolute best we can be. We want to be No 1 in the world.

"Our squad is fantastic and we've really been challenging each other on our honesty. It's something we've been working on since the last Commonwealth Games.

"I think we are a pretty brutal team in our delivery of feedback to each other but we take it the right way and we're all very close.

"It can be hard to be that direct with each other without feelings getting hurt and it's not something that's come naturally to everyone. It's been a challenge.

"Everyone is working on pushing each other to give their honest and direct feedback and delivery and also challenging the coaches.

"We always ask them questions and they are also learning about us at the same time."

The 26-year-old, who is the daughter of former Birmingham City and Stockport County footballer Kevin Francis, hopes England's Commonwealth campaign will spark wider interest in netball.

"We went to Scotland at the start of the year to do a bit of a reccie and the buzz and the excitement around it is just fantastic," she said.

"I think the amount of exposure netball is going to get will be unprecedented and something many of us have not experienced before. I'm just excited to take, what is just the best game, to a much wider audience."