12 Aug 2015

Tracey Neville carries on for her father

11:31 am on 12 August 2015

England netball coach Tracey Neville says her father would have supported her decision to stay with her team for the remainder of the World Cup.

Neville Neville died in hospital in Sydney on Friday, the day of England's first World Cup match.

England netball coach Tracey Neville

England netball coach Tracey Neville Photo: BBC

His daughter wiped away tears as the national anthem was sung before her side beat Scotland 60-19 in Pool B.

"My dad was one of my number one fans and probably would have a thing to say if I'd bailed at this stage," she said.

"You don't get this far and then bail out. That's not been the mentality of me or my family throughout our careers."

Neville, whose sons Gary and Phil played football for Manchester United and England, was in Australia with his wife Jill to support their daughter during the tournament.

Tracey Neville told the BBC she was staying to oversee the England team's World Cup campaign because it was where she wanted to be.

"All the other things I'm going to have to deal with at some point but at the moment the right thing for me is to be here in Sydney with my team," she said.

"We've got one of the hardest weeks of our lives and that's something that remains in my focus at the moment."

England, who wore black armbands for their second match, a 54-50 victory over Jamaica, secured top spot in Pool B by beating Samoa 85-34 in their final preliminary-round match on Sunday.

But they lost 51-41 to hosts Australia on Tuesday night and are likely to play New Zealand in the semis.