Lyon led the King's Lynn Stars to a Premier League treble last season
Great Britain boss Rob Lyon says he had to overlook the country's youngsters when selecting his World Cup team.
The King's Lynn chief's squad includes the experience of Ipswich's Scott Nicholls and Swindon's Simon Stead, who were both left out 12 months ago.
"The youngsters did well last year but I feel there's only a couple of them that have made progress this year," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"Some of them have gone backwards which is really disappointing."
Lyon's five-man squad is completed by the inclusion of Lakeside's Lee Richardson, Coventry's Chris Harris and Wolverhampton's Tai Woffinden, who all starred for Team GB last year.
He added: "The senior guys are up for it and they're in form and they want to do well for their country.
"Together I feel we've got a chance of making some progress."
The Aussies are still a good team and obviously Sweden are but it's all to play for. It's about time we had something to cheer about.
Lyon takes the squad to his home track in Norfolk on 26 July to face Australia, Sweden and Finland.
The home fans may recognise a few faces on the track with former Lynn riders Troy Batchelor and Darcy Ward featuring for Australia, and Sweden's ex-Star Daniel Nermark also set to ride.
"There will be a lot of Lynn fans that will be cheering Daniel on, as well as being patriotic to their country," said Lyon.
"He was a very popular rider at King's Lynn and he's riding very well at the moment."
A first place finish at the Norfolk Arena would guarantee a slot in the final in Denmark on 31 July, but a runners-up spot would be enough to put them in the race-off two days earlier.
For Lyon, a straight forward run to the final is the order of the day: "I think we've got every chance of that.
"The Aussies are still a good team and obviously Sweden are but it's all to play for.
"It's about time we had something to cheer about."