Exclusive World Champs reports from Match Fishing's on-the-bank correspondents.
Breaking News - Gardener out of World Champs starting five.
News just in, the team has been announced for England's bid to win the World Champs being held in Ostellato di Ferrara, Italy this weekend.
However, many will be shocked to learn that Steve Gardener is not included in the starting five, instead being placed as the reserve angler behind squad mates Alan Scotthorne, Sean Ashby, Will Raison, Stuart Conroy and Des Shipp.
There will be many anglers who can't remember an England squad where Gardener - widely regarded as the most consistent match angler the country has ever produced - has not been in the starting line-up.
The news comes following a tough practice for the England squad which has seen them catch up to 18kg on some days and as little as 5kg on other when Italy's current hot weather has switch the fish off the feed.
Mark Downes England co-manager alongside Mark Addy told Match Fishing: "This is a very difficult venue which has seen some tough days in practice. I'm confident that the team we've picked will cover all the bases though with the best men chosen to fish for the best result on the day."
Ex England International and former Editor of Match Fishing magazine, Dave Harrell is 'extremely shocked' at the revelation:
"It's a huge shock. Steve's been a part of the England team since the late '80s and I can't remember a time when he hasn't started for the team from day one. At the end of the day though if the venue hasn't suited him in practice or he hasn't had that bit of luck you sometimes need and the other five have shown themselves to be on better form it's only right. "It just goes to show how strong the England team is," added Dave. "I personally rate Steve Gardener as the best angler in the country, so for the other guys to start before him they must be on good form."
England World Champs Team selection
Steve Gardener (reserve)
The England boys will be taking on the best in the world over the weekend at a water close to the village of Ostellato di Ferrara in Italy.
The competition will be held on a 3km long section of the Canale Circondariale Bando Vallelepri where depths range from 1.5 to 2.5m. The predominant species at the venue are bream and skimmer from 50g to 3kg, however carp, carission, catfish, eels, pumpkinseeds, zander and grasscarp are also present.