England face a rematch with Sweden after the draw for the World Team Championships in Chengdu, China, put them in the same group.
Sweden beat England in the quarter-finals of the last edition of the Worlds, on their home turf in Halmstad in 2018 – there was no competition in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Since then, Sweden have strengthened and their formidable squad, featuring four top-40 players, includes Truls Moregard (pictured above), who was silver medallist at the individual Worlds last year.
As well as fifth seeds Sweden, England’s trio of Liam Pitchford, Sam Walker and David McBeath will face Australia and Poland in the four-team Group 5.
England beat Poland in the last 16 on their way to that dramatic bronze medal at the 2016 Worlds in Kuala Lumpur.
The Championships start on Friday – news on how to watch and the order of play will appear here in due course.