England has participated in every edition of the MWT, first as Great Britain from 1967 to 1979 and as England from 1981. They have a total of 97 wins and 19 defeats in the event with a five gold medals, 3 silver medals and 6 bronze medals as England. They won 2 gold medals and 4 silver medals as Great Britain. They never finished less than fourth and are the second best team in the history (if you count Great Britain medals). No doubt that Nick Matthew, James Willstrop and Daryl Selby will do everything it takes to keep the title they clinched four years ago in Mulhouse, while the younger generations are yet to prove they can walk into their footsteps.
England will try to retain their title with an experienced team, Nick Matthew, James Willstrop, Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller. Matthew, Willstrop and Selby were part of the squad who claimed the World Team title in 2013 and more recently in April, had the silver medal behind France in the Men’s European Team Championships 2017. Waller will make his World Team Championship debut.
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England's MWT 2013 result: Winner
England's best result: 5 titles and 2 as Great Britain.
The only Englishman to win a World Championship title, Nick Matthew is one of the greatest British players of all time and a true legend of the sport.
Nicknamed ‘The Wolf’, Matthew’s talent for the sport was clear at a young age and he was crowned the 1999 British Junior Open Champion after reaching the semi-final of the World Junior Championships the year before.
2006 saw Matthew become the first Englishman to win the British Open since 1939, defeating Frenchman Thierry Lincou 3-2 in a five-set-thriller in the showpiece final but it was 2009 that saw Matthew fly up the World Rankings to become World No.1 for the first time.
Matthew played a starring role at the 2010 Commonwealth Games for England, winning the Gold medal with a win over bitter rival James Willstrop in the final before going on to defeat Willstrop again to win his maiden World Championship. He followed that up by winning the event again the year after, this time beating Gregory Gaultier at the final hurdle to add it to his list of accolades.
The Englishman won the World Championship again in November of that year, defeating Gaultier once more and he became the first man to retain Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, defeating Willstrop again in the singles. Injury issues once again effected the veteran Englishman at the outset of the 2016/17 season as he surrendered a 2-0 lead to Mohamed ElShorbagy in October's U.S. Open final, but he finished 2016 on a high courtesy of yet another win over Willstrop - this time in the final of the British Grand Prix on home soil to end an 18-month Tour title drought.
Matthew will be making their seventh successive appearances in the Men's World Team Championships with both making heir debuts in 2003. He will retire at the end of this season. It will therefore be his last World Team Championship.
“I’m excited to be leading the team in defense of our World title. It’s fitting that the Championships are returning to France where we won in 2013, but we are under no illusions about the difficulty of our task facing us. The landscape of World Squash has changed in the last four years, but we have a great record when pulling on the England shirt and look forward to living up to our proud history.”
James Willstrop is one of England’s greatest squash players and has maintained one of the sport’s most bitter rivalries with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew.
Known as ‘The Marksman’ after his accurate shot placement, he has a large, rangy build and stands at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches.
Willstrop started 2010 with an impressive win at the Tournament of Champions, dropping just one game throughout the whole tournament. He lost out to Matthew though in arguably the biggest match of his career, the World Championship final, later that year.
He reached a career high World No.1 ranking in January 2012 but he surrendered it to compatriot Matthew after defeat in the Tournament of Champions the same year.Injury dogged the next two years, his World Ranking took a hit as he dropped out of the top ten at the end of the 2014/15 season.
He returned to some his best form though at the 2015 World Championship in November by dumping out then World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the third round in a performance reminiscent of his sensational best.
Willstrop eventually bowed out at the semi-final stage to eventual World Champion Gregory Gaultier but his fine display ensured that he moved back into the world’s top 15. Willstrop renewed his great rivalry with Matthew in the final of December’s British Grand Prix, but fell to a 19th successive defeat to his fellow Yorkshireman. The Yorkshireman featured in the semi-final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions but lost out to eventual winner Karim Abdel Gawad in January 2017. Willstrop then went on to reach the final of the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals where he was eventually defeated by Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy.
Willstrop will be making his seventh successive appearance in the Men's World Team Championships, making heir debuts in 2003.
Daryl Selby has represented his country at the highest level and is the brother of Lauren Selby who has also played squash for England.
He won the British National Squash Championships in 2011, shocking reigning World Champion Nick Matthew by defeating him in the final.
Selby was part of the England team that won the World Team Squash Championships in June 2013, beating Tarek Momen in the final to give England the lead. He followed that up by reaching his first World Championship quarter-final but lost out to Gregory Gaultier.
Selby failed to secure a PSA World Tour title in 2014 but was impressive at the Commonwealth Games in August, winning a bronze medal alongside James Willstrop.
He also made it to the same stage at the Canary Wharf Classic in March 2015 but couldn't get past eventual winner Matthew.
2016 saw Selby display some of his best form as he ended a four-year title drought in September’s Macau Open, while he finished the year with four successive semi-final finishes - including a first World Series semi-final since 2012 during November’s Qatar Classic.
Adrian Waller has represented England at the highest level since bursting onto the scene as a junior.
In 2007, he became the first player ever to win the British Junior National titles at under 13’s, under 15’s, under 17’s and under 19’s level.
A runner-up finish in May at the Jersey Classic and a semi-final place at the Edmonton Open followed for Waller before he got knocked out of the Andorra Open in April 2015 at the same stage.
Despite this, Waller remains one of the fittest players on the tour and he displayed his resolution as he captured his fifth PSA World Tour crown at the NSCI Open five months later.
Waller reached the semi-final of the Harrow Charlottesville Open in September 2016 but was downed by Stephen Coppinger over three games.
England’s Waller then reached the semi-final of the Montreal Open in 2017 against Cesar Salazar, which went the distance over five games but saw Waller miss out on the final.
However, a final appearance came for Waller, who lost out to fellow Englishman Declan James in the Gillenmarkets Irish Squash Open final.
“The World Team Championships is a very special event, which brings out the best in our players. We have fond memories from the battles with France and Egypt in 2013 where we were successful and I’m confident our players will be able to draw from those experiences once again."David Campion, National Coach