Three players will make their England debuts in Denmark next month as the reigning European men’s and women’s champions bid to record a fifth consecutive continental double.
Yorkshire’s Chris Simpson and Hertfordshire’s Adrian Waller have been chosen for the men’s team for the first time, while Bedfordshire’s Vicky Lust, who is based in Canada, has received her first call-up to the women’s squad.
The women’s side will be led by world no.5 Alison Waters, as world no.3 Laura Massaro is taking a break from competitive squash after a hectic year.
Performance Director Tom Duggan explained: “Our priority for the event is to retain the titles, but we also want to ensure that we use it as a chance to give some of the younger players experience and integrate them into the England team.
“I am delighted for Chris, Adrian and Vicky, who will get their first senior England caps. Each of them has earned this opportunity with hard work and performances over the last 12 months, and we know when called upon, they will put in the performances they are all capable of.
“Laura hasn’t been selected as she is currently taking a break after a mammoth 12 months with her world title, the Commonwealth Games and the World Team Championship. Laura is, and always has been, committed to playing for England as we saw in Niagara -on-the-Lake, where she led the team to the world title.
“When selecting the squad, the selection panel, along with Laura, felt it was best for her have the extended break following the Windy City Open to support both Laura’s and ESR’s longer-term ambitions.”
The championships will be held in Herning from April 29th to May 2nd.
Men: Nick Matthew (Yorkshire), Peter Barker (Essex), James Willstrop (Yorkshire), Daryl Selby (Essex), Chris Simpson (Yorkshire), Adrian Waller (Hertfordshire)
Women: Alison Waters (Middlesex), Sarah-Jane Perry (Warwickshire), Emma Beddoes (Warwickshire), Jenny Duncalf (Yorkshire), Vicky Lust (Bedfordshire)
World no.23 Simpson said: “I was delighted to be selected for the team. Getting a senior England cap has been a goal of mine for a long time now, so putting the shirt on will be a very proud moment for me.”
World no.24 Waller said: “I’m delighted to be selected for my first European Championships as a senior player. I’m just looking forward to it now and hoping that I can help the team retain the title that they won last year.”
World no.30 Lust said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for the England team. Representing England is something I have been working towards throughout my professional career. It’s exciting to be on a team with so many great players and I can’t wait to get to Denmark.”
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