Thursday, February 12, 2009

Team England name team to face Scotland

TEAM ENGLAND head coach Ian Wright has named former Scotland international Robert Blair and Yorkshire's Gabby White for the mixed doubles in the Group 8 decider with the Scots at the European Team Championship at the Echo Arena in Liverpool tonight.

Edinburgh-born Blair wins his 48th England cap tonight as the second seeds look to book their quarter-final place and a likely clash with eighth seeds Ukraine tomorrow night.

Middlesex's Rajiv Ouseph and Jersey's Elizabeth Cann return for the singles duties against Scotland, taking over from Andrew Smith and the Wirral's Helen Davies, who made her home debut for England last night in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.

National champions Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark (both Notts) will play the men's doubles while Jenny Wallwork will partner Donna Kellogg in the women's doubles.

Scotland's six-strong squad features Kieran Merrilees in men's singles, Susan Hughes in women's doubles, with Andrew Bowman and Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier and Jillie Cooper handling the doubles duties.

Intriguingly Blair and Bankier are mixed doubles partners on the world circuit and are in the World's top 10.