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Chambers makes GB Euros team

Dwain Chambers has been included in Great Britain's team for the European Indoor Championships, despite struggling with a back problem.

Chambers was unable to compete in the trials in Sheffield before managing fifth on his comeback to the 60 metres at the weekend's British Athletics Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old, who won silver at the meet in Paris two years ago, admitted afterwards he did not want to go to next month's championships in Gothenburg if he was not fully fit.

But he has been given the green light to join head coach Peter Eriksson's team, which will be captained by Jenny Meadows.

Meadows only returned to action after 16 months out in Birmingham at the weekend but is selected to defend her 800m crown after going under the qualifying mark.

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, who won the 3,000m two years ago, is an expected absence from the team after previously indicating he was focusing on the outdoor season.

Meadows will lead a 29-member squad highlighted by the likes of Olympic high jump bronze Robbie Grabarz and in-form pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale.

The 31-year-old had said at the weekend that the European Indoor Championships, which begin on March 1, might come too soon for her as she works her way back.

But after she reached the qualifying mark by running two minutes 2.86 seconds at the National Indoor Arena Eriksson has elected to name her captain.

"It's a great honour to be named captain of the GB & NI team," Meadows said.

"I'm really excited to be given the opportunity to follow Helen Clitheroe, who did such a brilliant job in Paris two years ago."

Clitheroe has opted not to defend her 3,000m title despite going under the qualifying mark as she won in Birmingham.

Great Britain won eight medals at the European Indoors two years ago and Eriksson is hopeful of returning a similar haul.

"I have been really encouraged by the performances so far by the team in 2013, and I'm sure this will continue at the European Indoors," he said.

"Jenny (Meadows) has shown that she is a very strong character, with great leadership qualities and experience on this stage - she will be a great captain for the GB & NI team."

Grabarz will bid to add to his European outdoors bronze medal from 2012, while Bleasdale is currently the top-ranked pole vaulter in the world after an impressive start to the year.

The 21-year-old cleared 4.75 to win in Moscow earlier this month ahead of Olympic silver medallist Yarisley Silva and 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer.

A strong women's 4x400m team will see Perri Shakes-Drayton, Eilidh Child and Shana Cox joined by Christine Ohuruogu.

James Dasaolu, who claimed his first 60m title in Chambers' absence in Sheffield, will help lead Britain's men's sprint hopes along with Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Great Britain squad:

Men - 60m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu; 400m: Michael Bingham, Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan; 800m: Mukhtar Mohammed, Michael Rimmer, Joe Thomas; 60m hurdles: Andrew Pozzi; 4x400m: Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Luke Lennon-Ford, Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan, Conrad Williams; High Jump: Robbie Grabarz; Pole Vault: Steve Lewis; Long Jump: Chris Tomlinson.

Women - 60m: Asha Philip; 400m: Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Perri Shakes-Drayton; 800m: Jenny Meadows (capt); 1500m: Laura Muir; 3000m: Lauren Howarth; 4x400m: Margaret Adeoye, Meghan Beesley, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Christine Ohuruogu, Perri Shakes-Drayton; Pole Vault: Holly Bleasdale; Long Jump: Shara Proctor; Triple Jump: Yamile Aldama.