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Marwan ElShorbagy to make England debut at European Squash Champs

Tania Bailey will take charge of England’s bid for European Team Championships glory in May.

England will be aiming for a repeat of last year’s men’s and women’s double gold to capture the prestigious titles for the 44th and 43rd time, respectively, in Zurich from May 1-4.

World No.6 and recent German Open winner Gina Kennedy will lead the women’s team and will be joined by two-time Commonwealth Silver medalist Sarah-Jane Perry, plus world No. 23 Lucy Beecroft and two-time British National champion Jasmine Hutton. Monte Carlo Classic winner and world No. 29 Lucy Turmel completes the strong line-up.

Captain Adrian Waller will head up the men’s side and will feature alongside world No.7 Mohamed ElShorbagy and world No.9 Marwan ElShorbagy, who is set to make his debut.

Czech Open winner Patrick Rooney has been included in the squad for a third consecutive tournament, whilst world No. 34 Nick Wall and No.43 Curtis Malik have also been selected.

Kennedy said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for the Europeans again. I was so proud to represent England at last year’s event and to win double gold was a special experience. I can’t wait to link up with the squad and hopefully help secure another victory this year.”

Marwan ElShorbagy said he was really looking forward to making his European debut. He said: “The team performed brilliantly last year and I’m excited to help my brother and teammates retain gold again this time around.”

England Coach Tania Bailey said she was taking the helm of  an “exceptionally talented group of players”, adding: “2023 was a memorable tournament and our aim is to achieve the same feat this year. The addition of Marwan adds another dimension to our attack who will thrive in this environment.”

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