Middle distance runner Hannah England has been named as captain for Team GB heading into this weekend´s European Team Championships in Braunschweig, Germany.

England, who won the silver medal in the 1500m World Championship final in Daegu in 2011, has been selected by UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, to lead the team.

And the 27-year-old has spoken of the "honour" being chosen has given her.

"It’s amazing to be captain and it’s not something I had on my to do list, but when Neil asked me, it was a real honour,” England was quoted as saying on the Athletics Weekly website.

"I’m quite nervous about giving a speech, but I take inspiration from some of the ones I’ve been a part of. It takes a lot to stand up in front of peers like that and it’s quite a personal thing."

The selection may have come as a surprise to some, but no to Black, who revealed she was the "stand-out name".

"Hannah was the stand-out name when I was selecting a captain for these championships and I knew she would be excited to take the captaincy," he said.

"Hannah is a proven championship performer and the team will respond well to her captaincy. She has many great attributes that make a good captain and I know she is looking forward to the role."

The Championships take place this Saturday and Sunday and, although the team has had to make some late changes - Anyika Onuora and Rachel Johncock in for the withdrawn Asha Philip and Sophie Papps in the 100m, 200m and 4X100m relay, GB will hope to perform well.

The team finished third last year, behind this year´s hosts, Germany, and winners Russia. Black, and England, will be hoping to go at least one better, this time round. 

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