Nick Matthew came from behind to help England reach the quarter-finals ©WSF

Defending champions England advanced to the World Squash Federation Men's World Team Championship quarter-finals after beating Switzerland in Marseille.

England made a fine start to their last 16 tie at the Modern Squash and Salle Vallier, with James Willstrop easing to an 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 win over Dimitri Steinmann.

The Pool B winners faced the prospect of needing to win a deciding match, when Nick Matthew fell two games behind against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.

Matthew was able to battle back to earn a 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 win to seal victory for England.

"The team stuck with me mentally, I wasn’t feeling confident and Nicolas played really well,” said Matthew.

“The coach and the guys helped me stay positive.

“I was moving a little bit slow and Nicolas is a very quick and dangerous player.

“I need to improve for tomorrow."

Adrian Waller added further gloss to the performance by winning a three match tie against Reiko Peter.

England will now face a quarter-final match against India, following their narrow 2-1 win over Germany.

Top seeds Egypt swept past Finland in their last 16 tie ©WSF
Top seeds Egypt swept past Finland in their last 16 tie ©WSF

Top seeds Egypt cruised into last eight, after they secured an emphatic 3-0 victory against Finland.

Egypt will now meet the winners of the match between Scotland and Malaysia, which will take place in the evening session.

Hosts France will also meet Wales, with the winners progressing to a quarter-final tie against Hong Kong, following their 2-1 win over the United States.

Australia beat Canada 3-0 to set up a last eight meeting with rivals New Zealand, who progressed courtesy of a 2-0 success against Spain.

The second match of their tie came to an early conclusion, due to Spain’s Borja Golan suffering an injury.