Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall to represent England at the World Cup of Darts
The tournament will be held from May 31-3 June 2018 and broadcast live on Sky Sports
By Josh Gorton
Last Updated: 15/05/18 1:30pm
World champion Rob Cross will make his World Cup of Darts debut at this year's tournament in Frankfurt, as he represents four-time winners England alongside Dave Chisnall.
It's a new-look England side at this year's event, with neither Adrian Lewis or Phil Taylor featuring in the competition for the first time since its inception, as 32 two-player nations compete for the title at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt.
Chisnall made his World Cup debut alongside Lewis twelve months ago and will return to partner Cross, who catapulted himself up to third on the PDC Order of Merit following his incredible World Championship triumph on New Year's Day.
2015 finalists Scotland will be represented for a third time by Peter Wright and Gary Anderson - ranked second and fourth in the world respectively, as they bid to secure a maiden World Cup crown.
With seedings based on the cumulative PDC Order of Merit rankings, Scotland will be top seeds as they aim to avoid a repeat of their shock first-round defeat to Singapore in 2017.
Reigning champions Netherlands - three-time winners since the event's introduction in 2010 - will be represented once again by Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld as they aim to retain the title.
Fourth seeds and 2012 finalists Australia will be led by Simon Whitlock, as Kyle Anderson teams up to partner 'The Wizard'.
Two-time runners-up Wales are represented by Gerwyn Price and debutant Jonny Clayton, who defeated Price in the final of last month's Austrian Darts Open.
World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney leads the charge for sixth seeds Northern Ireland alongside Brendan Dolan, whilst Belgium will be led by former finalist Kim Huybrechts and World Youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh.
Austria's Mensur Suljovic and debutant Zoran Lerchbacher complete the line-up of eight seeds, with the remaining 24 nations being drawn at random in the first round draw.
Host-nation Germany will be represented by the talented pairing of Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, who made history as the youngest duo in World Cup history in last year's event.
They reached the quarter-finals in 2017 before losing to eventual champions Netherlands, but both men come into this event in good form, with Hopp having won the German Darts Open in Saarbrucken last month.
Singapore were the surprise package of last year's tournament - dumping out Scotland en route to reaching the quarter-finals, and they will have Paul Lim and Harith Lim in action once more.
Meanwhile, Russia, who also appeared in the last eight back in 2017, will see their hopes rest in the hands of Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin for the third consecutive year.
Recent Development Tour winner Dawson Murschell will make his World Cup debut for Canada alongside three-time world champion John Part, whilst Dutch Darts Masters finalist Steve Lennon will partner William O'Connor for Republic of Ireland.
Chinese youngster Xiaochen Zong is partnered by Momo Zhou, who becomes the second female competitor to take part in the event after winning the China World Cup qualifier, as new faces Andreas Fehlmann and Andy Bless team up for Switzerland.
1 Scotland - Peter Wright & Gary Anderson
2 England - Rob Cross & Dave Chisnall
3 Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
5 Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
6 Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
7 Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
8 Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
Canada - John Part & Dawson Murschell
China - Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong
Czech Republic - Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Justin Broton
Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek
Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg
Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina
Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
Switzerland - Alexander Fehlmann & Andreas Bless
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America - Larry Butler & Darin Young
You can see all the action from The World Cup of Darts, live on Sky Sports. The arrows run from May 31-3 June.
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