Jean Desque tips England for glory at this year's World Champs

This year’s World Champs in Spain will be a three-way shootout between the host nation, Drennan Team England and Italy according to one of world matchfishing’s most decorated and respected anglers.

Frenchman Jean Desque reckons the match, taking place in just three months’ time on Vicario Reservoir in central Spain, will suit all three teams, despite the much-maligned new section format introduced at last year’s event a system he calls ‘a farce’.

Fished over the weekend of June 26 and 27, England will be gunning to win back the crown they surrendered to Slovakia last September in Holland, but even with the new system in place, Jean, himself a double team winner with France, can’t see past those three teams.

“Vicario Reservoir will suit England, Spain and Italy,” said Jean. “Spain are the home team, but England have William Raison and Sean Ashby’s knowledge from when they fished there with my Team 28 side. Italy are always very good at speed fishing.

The new system is a farce and everyone I spoke to was complaining about it last year and has been ever since! Every angler should fish against an angler from EVERY other team competing. That’s the World Champs in its purest form.”

England have the experience, team ethos and the all-round ability to conquer any venues, and these factors Jean believes will go a long way to helping their quest in the baking heat of Spain.

“Versatility I think is England’s best weapon,” Jean admitted. “England are so good because they have the experience and have been together as a team for many years. The English angler is also very adaptable and can fish lots of methods very well. I still think that French anglers are better at joker fishing for small fish, but when it comes to all-round ability England are very good.”