European Team Championships: Greg Rutherford and Phillips Idowu head GB team
Last Updated: 11/06/14 11:13am
Greg Rutherford: Long jumper named in Great Britain team
Greg Rutherford and Phillips Idowu will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Team Championships after being named in a 48-strong team by British Athletics.
Olympic gold medallist and British long jump record holder Rutherford and former world champion triple jumper Idowu will compete in the central German city of Braunschweig on June 21-22.
Middle-distance runners Hannah England and Jenny Meadows and hurdlers William Sharman and Eilidh Child are among the more experienced members of the squad.
Chris Baker, Lucy Bryan and Jazmin Sawyers are named in a senior team for the first time.
Baker is a high-jump specialist, Bryan won a pole vaulting silver at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield earlier this year and 20-year-old Sawyers took silver in the long jump at the British Championships in 2013.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished third overall with a total points score of 339 at the 2013 European Team Championships in Gateshead.
Performance director Neil Black said: "We head to Germany with the aim of being competitive and to challenge for as many points as possible.
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"In comparison to last year's team, this is very much a developmental squad due to the confines of a crowded calendar this summer and the Sainsbury's British Championships just a week later.
"It is also great that our senior 400m and 4x400m athletes have wholeheartedly supported the plan to give up-and-coming athletes the opportunity to perform on this stage.
"It will greatly benefit the teams for future major championships, and I am really looking forward to seeing how these guys perform. There may be one or two surprises."