Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop included in an expanded squad of 38, together with Reece Lyne and Tom Davies; Watch England tackle the Combined Nations All-Stars reside on Sky Sports on Friday, June 25
By PA Media
Last Updated: 11/06/21 4:18pm
Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop have been recalled to Shaun Wane’s England squad getting ready for the end-of-season Rugby League World Cup.
Wakefield Trinity again row Westerman received his solely earlier cap in opposition to Samoa in 2014 however has been in excellent kind for his membership this 12 months, as has Warrington Wolves half-back Widdop, who was an England common beneath earlier coaches Steve McNamara and Wayne Bennett.
The 31-year-old Westerman’s case was pressed by his coach Chris Chester when Wane visited the Wakefield membership this week.
Chester backs Westerman for England recall
Wakefield coach Chris Chester says he will likely be pushing free ahead Joe Westerman for an England recall after he scored his a centesimal profession attempt in opposition to Leigh.
“Joe is playing the best rugby I’ve seen from him for a long time,” Chester mentioned.
Westerman’s Wakefield team-mate Reece Lyne additionally will get a call-up, together with Catalans Dragons’ former Wigan winger Tom Davies as Wane expands his elite coaching squad to 38.
There is, nonetheless, no recall for Hull FC’s versatile again Jake Connor, who can also be in good kind however going through stiff competitors for the full-back function from Sam Tomkins and Zak Hardaker.
“I watch every Super League game, every week, and the door is always open to players who are performing,” Wane mentioned.
I watch each Super League recreation, each week, and the door is all the time open to gamers who’re performing.
England head coach Shaun Wane
“I’ve been impressed in recent weeks by what I’ve seen from these four players and the data we have on them backs that up. They are consistently hitting the performance levels required at the highest level.”
Hull centre Josh Griffin retains his place within the squad, although he’s unlikely to be accessible after present process surgical procedure this week for a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Next Wednesday, Wane will announce his squad for England’s match in opposition to the Combined Nations All Stars on Friday, June 25 at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Meanwhile, the RFL has cancelled Monday’s scheduled coaching session at Headingley because of the quantity of accidents at some golf equipment and the prevailing uncertainty attributable to Covid-19 outbreaks at others.
England squad: John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Tom Davies, Niall Evalds, Liam Farrell, Luke Gale, Oliver Gildart, Josh Griffin, Ash Handley, Zak Hardaker, Josh Hodgson, Tom Johnstone, Toby King, Morgan Knowles, Reece Lyne, Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Paul McShane, Tommy Makinson, Dom Manfredi, Harry Newman, Mark Percival, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Joe Westerman, Elliot Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.