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International comeback for former England captain

24 July 2002

Fiona Murtagh returns to help England's netball cause.

Fiona Murtagh

Fiona Murtagh's recent form brings her back to the England cause

Fiona Murtagh, captain of England at the last Commonwealth Games, is making her second international comeback in three years to bolster the host nation’s gold medal hopes.

Murtagh, 36, retired after the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur but returned to represent England at the 1999 World Championships, after which she again retired from international competition but continued to play at a club and county level.

The form of the wing defender and centre could not be overlooked in the lead-up to Manchester and Murtagh brings more than a decade of experience to the reigning Commonwealth bronze medallists.

“Being back is a bit of a shock to the system,” said Murtagh. “You miss the competition when you’ve retired so it was good to be called back.”

After the World Championships - where England finished third - Murtagh decided to concentrate on study and her career.

“I’ve just completed my HR exams, that took the last two years,” said Murtagh, who has played 104 internationals for England.

“I’ve really noticed a difference in the players from the last time that I played with them. They’ve improved ten-fold and we believe we will definitely be in the medals. Which one I wouldn’t like to say at this stage.

“We’ll go for the silver and if we can get the gold, even better.”

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