By Josh Gorton
Last Updated: 17/05/18 6:22pm
Rob Cross will be leading England’s charge at this year’s World Cup
England will begin their World Cup of Darts campaign against Czech Republic when the event gets underway in Frankfurt later this month.
The new-look England team of Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall will be among 32 nations competing in the pairs tournament, which is held from May 31- June 3, live on Sky Sports.
World champion Cross will be making his debut in the competition, while Chisnall featured in last year’s event alongside Adrian Lewis.
They will kick off England’s bid for a fifth World Cup title against the Czech pairing of Roman Benecky and Karel Sedlacek in round one.
Micheal van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld will begin the defence of their title against Gibraltar
Defending champions Netherlands – represented by Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, will kick off their title defence against Gibraltar pair Dyson Parody and Justin Broton.
Top-seeds Scotland will face United States of America, as Peter Wright and Gary Anderson lock horns with the experienced pairing of Larry Butler and Darin Young.
Fourth-seeds Australia will play Hong Kong, while last year’s finalists Wales meet Thailand for a place in the second round.
Wayne Mardle and Rod Studd discuss female darts player Momo Zhou of China qualifying for the World Cup
Northern Ireland take on a dangerous Poland side, Belgium face a tricky opening-round assessment against Republic of Ireland, while eighth-seeds Austria play Japan.
Hosts Germany begin their campaign against Sweden, while Momo Zhou will become only the second woman to feature at the World Cup, when she represents China against Switzerland.
World Cup of Darts Draw
Scotland v USA
Denmark v Brazil
Austria v Japan
Italy v Canada
Wales v Thailand
Switzerland v China
Australia v Hong Kong
Russia v Spain
England v Czech Republic
New Zealand v Singapore
Belgium v Republic of Ireland
Greece v Finland
Northern Ireland v Poland
Sweden v Germany
Netherlands v Gibraltar
Hungary v South Africa
Darts is back on your Sky Sports screens at the end of this month with the World Cup of Darts, live from Frankfurt – four days of live coverage get underway from 6pm on Sky Sports Action on Thursday May 31
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