Speedway World Cup: Simon Stead earns Great Britain re-call

Simon Stead leads the pack
Sheffield Premier League rider Simon Stead doubles up for Leicester in the Elite League

Sheffield and Leicester rider Simon Stead has been re-called to the Great Britain squad for this month's Speedway World Cup just a year after breaking his leg and ankle.

The 32-year is one of 10 riders in Alun Rossiter's initial squad for Event One at King's Lynn.

World and British champion Tai Woffinden will captain the side.

Grand Prix rider and former Lions skipper Chris Harris is also favourite to included the final four-man team.

Lewis Kerr, Richie Worrall and Richard Lawson are in contention to make their Speedway World Cup debuts, as Great Britain look to secure an automatic place in August's World Cup final with victory in Norfolk.

The hosts will face Australia, United States and the winners of the qualifying round between Russia, Germany and Italy.

"I've just tried to go with what I think is the best squad available," Rossiter told the Speedway Great Britain website.external-link

"I'm bound to have upset some people as there were some tough decisions to be made, but in this position you have to stand by the decisions you make.

"I'd like to think we can perform well and challenge for a place straight in the final, or if not make the race-off at the very least."

Great Britain squad: Tai Woffinden (Wolverhampton), Chris Harris (Coventry), Danny King (Birmingham/Newcastle), Craig Cook (Belle Vue/Edinburgh), Simon Stead (Leicester/Sheffield), Richie Worrall (Belle Vue/Ipswich), Richard Lawson (Lakeside/Redcar), Ben Barker (Birmingham/Plymouth), Lewis Bridger (Lakeside), Lewis Kerr (King's Lynn/Newcastle).

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