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Result: England pay tribute to injured Layla Guscoth in Samoa victory

Guscoth ruptured her Achilles tendon against Scotland on Saturday,

England coach Tracey Neville praised her players for responding to the "heart-breaking" loss of Layla Guscoth due to injury as they cruised past Samoa at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

Guscoth, who suffered a ruptured Achilles against Scotland on Saturday which has ruled her out of the rest of the tournament, watched from the bench as her team-mates ended the preliminary phase with a processional 90-24 win.

Neville admitted the loss of the popular Guscoth had hit the team hard, saying: "Of course there were tears from everyone. There was nothing wrong with showing emotion because she means a lot to us.

"Layla touches the heart of everyone in the group. She is one of the biggest personalities and influencers. I think if we hadn't shared that emotion I would have been really worried within the group."

Guscoth was rushed back from a hospital scan in order to sit on the sidelines in Liverpool, as Neville continued her rotation policy ahead of the much tougher second phase of the tournament ahead.

Having scored from 39 consecutive goal attempts, Jo Harten was rested for much of the third quarter with Rachel Dunn once again stepping in for the second part of the match, and Jade Clarke promoted in Guscoth's absence to starter at wing defence.

Tracey Neville
Tracey Neville said her team were upset at the loss of Layla Guscoth (Martin Rickett/PA)

If group minnows Samoa were unable to muster much resistance, much sterner tests now loom for England in the six-team second group phase, where clashes against potential contenders Jamaica and South Africa await.

Having also brushed aside Uganda and Scotland in front of a sell-out home arena, there is a real sense of the England team gaining momentum, encapsulated by the return to prominence of the 35-year-old Clarke.

Playing in her fifth World Cup, Clarke, who made her international debut in 2002, can expect to feature more prominently in the competition but she insisted thoughts for Guscoth would not stray far from her mind.

Jade Clarke
Jade Clarke is relishing the prospect of tougher tests ahead (Nigel French/PA)

Clarke said: "What happened to Layla is devastating but now it's all about how we react to it. It could make us or break us and we have decided that it will make us – it's fuel to the fire.

"We haven't looked far forward in the competition but for us, the tougher games the better. If we're going to be world champions we need to beat everybody so that's how we're looking at it."

England were due to discover later on Sunday who they would face in their first second-round match on Monday. They are also projected to play on Wednesday and Thursday as they target a place in the semi-finals.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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