Team England lived up to their No.4 seeding in Moscow today when they defeated Lithuania convincingly to top their group and move into tomorrow's knockout quarter-finals. The squad, who are supported by Center Parcs, dropped just one game in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Latvia. Today they went one better with five straight-game victories to earn a quarter-final with Group 7 winners and No.7 seeds Ukraine. Chris Adcock and Gabby White gave Team Englan

The squad, who are supported by Center Parcs, dropped just one game in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Latvia. Today they went one better with five straight-game victories to earn a quarter-final with Group 7 winners and No.7 seeds Ukraine.

Chris Adcock and Gabby White gave Team England a winning start by outplaying Povilas Bartusis and Vytaute Fomkinaite 21-11 21-7.

Rajiv Ouseph, winning his 47th cap, then took on Kestutis Navickas in the men's singles. Ouseph had lost just once to the Lithuanian in five previous meetings and he triumphed again 21-15 24-22 - almost a replica of his 21-19 24-22 win when they met in the European Men's Championships in Warsaw in 2010.

Ouseph controlled today's opening game but allowed Navickas to save two match points when he trailed 20-18 in the second. In the end it took the six-times English National champion five match points before he clinched victory.

New English National champion Sarah Walker gave the team a winning 3-0 lead when she defeated Akvile Stapusaityte 21-13 21-18 in the women's singles after overturning 12-8 and 17-14 deficits in the second game, helped by a five-point burst which swept the Essex player into a 19-17 lead.

After that it was left to the doubles players to finish the job with national champions Chris Langridge and Peter Mills beating Navickas and Bartusis 21-12 21-11 and Jenny Wallwork and Lauren Smith proving too strong for Stapusaityte and Fomkinaite 21-10 21-15.
The difference in class was emphasised by the fact that England used their maximum of eight players in the contest with no-one playing twice while Lithuania had only two men and two women, meaning they all had to play two rubbers each.

The match tomorrow with Ukraine will be tougher as Team England looked for the win which will guarantee them at least matching their bronze of two years ago.

Ukraine made it through to the last eight on count back despite losing unexpectedly 3-2 to Sweden yesterday.

The Swedes only needed to beat Belgium today to cause an upset but they lost 3-2 so Ukraine went through on match difference 11-4 compared to Sweden and Belgium's 9-6 after all three teams finished level on two points from their three matches with Belarus fourth after three defeats.

Ireland are one win away from a quarter-final place. They are 2-2 in the group decider with France with the women's doubles to play. Victory will earn them a clash with second seeds Germany or Spain, who play their group decider later.

Eighth seeds Scotland are through to the last eight after a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic thanks to Imogen Bankier and Jillie Cooper's win in the fifth rubber after the Scots lost both singles to trail 2-1. The now face top seeds and holders Denmark.

Tomorrow's quarter-finals are:
(1) Denmark v (8) Scotland (1pm)
(4) England v (7) Ukraine (12.45pm)
(5) Netherlands v (3) Russia or Bulgaria (12 noon)
(2) Germany or Spain v Ireland or (6) France (12.30pm

Team England lived up to their No.4 seeding in Moscow today when they defeated Lithuania convincingly to top their group and move into tomorrow's knockout quarter-finals.