Five St Helens players in England squad to face France – .

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Five St Helens players in England squad to face France – .


Matty Lees could be in line for his England debut. Image: SWPix

As one of only two specialist half-backs on the team, Lomax looks certain to line up alongside Jordan Abdull who would win his first international cap.

The selection of the 25-year-old Hull FC and London Broncos to a 20-man squad is the reward for a magnificent season with the shock of Super League semi-finalists Hull KR also earning him a place on the Man of Steel shortlist.

here is also likely to be a start for Castleford full-back Niall Evalds in the absence of Sam Tomkins, who, as expected, is ruled out due to the knee injury he suffered in the Grand Final with the Catalan Dragons.
This means coach Shaun Wane will have to appoint a new captain in place of Tomkins, who first led England in the mid-season game against a Combined Nations All Stars.
France’s new coach Laurent Frayssinous must also find a new captain after losing Ben Garcia, Théo Fages and Julian Bousquet to injury and he will announce his man when the team enter camp on Tuesday in Prades, at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Other potential new caps include Leeds center Harry Newman, who has fully recovered from a two-legged break, and St Helens mainstay Matty Lees, who was part of the England Knights squad that has beat Jamaica 56-4 at Castleford on Friday night.
Another knight, Captain Danny Walker, is also promoted in the absence of his injured teammate in Warrington, Daryl Clark.
Wane said: “Things are always going to be fluid up to a point with form and injuries, but I’m more than happy that we have the players to do the job.
“Each player is on merit and they know what is expected of them. Everyone is a credit to their club, they have adapted well to training and bring a very positive state of mind.
“There is no doubt that it will be difficult. Catalan Dragons players dominate the French team and their fans are fanatical.
“We will be working hard in training this week and we will be looking forward to going on match day. The players are ready to make England proud.
With no NRL-based players under consideration for this revamped test, the only English survivor of the last meeting with France in October 2018 is Wakefield center Reece Lyne.
Tony Gigot, Ben Jullien, Mickael Goudemand and Anthony Marion, all of whom were named to Frayssinous’ 20-man squad, are the French survivors of the squad that lost 44-6 at Leigh Sports Village three years ago. .
Équipe d’Angleterre : J Abdull (Hull KR), B Currie (Warrington), T Davies (Catalans), N Evalds (Castleford), J Bateman (Wigan), M Cooper (Warrington), L Farrell, Z Hardaker (tous deux Wigan), M Knowles (St Helens), K Leeming (Leeds), M Lees, J Lomax (tous deux à St Helens), R Lynne (Wakefield), Paul McShane (Castleford), T Makinson (St Helens), H Newman (Leeds), M Oledzki (Leeds), J Philbin, D Walker (tous deux Warrington), Alex Walmsley (St Helens).

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