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Matthew to carry England flag

Sheffield squash player Nick Matthew has been picked to carry the flag for Team England at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 33-year-old multiple squash world champion will lead out Team England at Wednesday's ceremony at Celtic Park after he was nominated by his team-mates.

Matthew, who will defend two Commonwealth titles in Glasgow, is a gold winner in the singles and doubles in Delhi, he has been an unsung success story of English sport for some time, having turned professional in 1998.

He won the first of his three British Open finals in 2006 before his Delhi success triggered his maiden World Open victory which came against compatriot James Willstrop.

In 2010 he topped the world rankings for the first time, with his further world titles following in 2011 and 2013, but his participation in the Games was in doubt after knee surgery four weeks ago, but his return to fitness is now complete.

Matthew inherits the honour from badminton player Nathan Robertson and follows in the footsteps of the likes of Darren Campbell and Mark Foster.

Matthew said: "I'm quite humbled to be Ieading these guys out, some amazing athletes like Sir Bradley Wiggins.

"It's been hard to keep it a secret as I wanted to shout it from the rooftops."