Squad for Spanish carp showdown almost complete

One place in the England carp squad is still up for grabs as the team prepare to take on the world in Spain later this year.

New manager Rob Hughes has announced seven of the eight who will compete in the World Carp Championship in October.

Billy Flowers and Jamie Londors will form the backbone of the team, with Rob declaring: “I wanted a pair who have experience of international campaigning to build my future team around, and Billy and Jamie are that pair.”

Joining them are reigning Eric’s Carp Championship winners Harry Charrington and Alexei Bygrave, plus British Carp Angling Championship holders Neil Rivers and Chris Holmes.

The seventh man in the squad is Mark Bartlett, who has represented England before.

Rob added: “I’m very pleased with the line-up that I have put together and I will be increasing the squad in the future as we have some brilliant plans for Team England.

“My aim is to build a pool of anglers that I can draw on, whatever the situation we find ourselves in.”