Squash: England defy the odds to land world title


England, led by Sheffield star Nick Matthew, regained the World Men’s Team Championship as they gained revenge over defending champions Egypt with a 2-1 victory.

The Egyptians beat England in the final in Paderborn two years ago and the world number ones and top seeds came into the tournament in Mulhouse as strong favourites.

But the English team of Matthew, James Willstrop and Daryl Selby, who were part of the beaten team in 2011, upset the odds to claim the title for the fifth time in the last 10 stagings.

Selby gave England the perfect start, overpowering Tarek Momen 11-8, 11-3, 11-7.

Matthew then easily claimed his first game against Ramy Ashour, 11-5 but the world number one showed his class and won the next three to take the match 5-11, 11-6,11- 9, 11-9.

That left the tie in the hands of Willstrop, who beat Karim Darwish 11-3, 11-13, 11-3, 11-4.

Matthew tweeted: “So proud to have captained that team to become Champions of the World.

“What a way to end the season! Highlight of all of our careers.”