No Place for Ade Gardner and Danny McGuire in England’s preliminary 19-man squad ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
St Helens winger Gardner and Leeds half-back McGuire had been expected to be recalled for the match however,Lee Smith and Mark Calderwood play on the wings, while Mickey Higham starts at hooker with James Roby on the bench.
This could be a ploy however as Smith he has until an hour before kick-off to name his final 17 and could call upon players not selected in the initial 19-man line-up.
Paul Wellens; Mark Calderwood, Martin Gleeson, Keith Senior, Lee Smith; Leon Pryce, Rob Burrow; Adrian Morley, Mickey Higham, Jamie Peacock (captain); Gareth Ellis, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Rob Purdham.
Replacements (two to be omitted): James Graham, Ben Westwood, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Jon Wilkin, Gareth Hock.