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Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop included in an extended team of 38, along with Reece Lyne and Tom Davies; Watch England take on the Combined Nations All-Stars live on Sky Sports on Friday 25 June

Last updated: 06/11/21 4:18 PM

Joe Westerman won his only England selection so far against Samoa seven years ago

Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop have been recalled to Shaun Wane’s England squad ahead of the season-ending Rugby Union World Cup.

Wakefield Trinity full-back Westerman won his only previous selection against Samoa in 2014, but has been in exceptional form for his club this year, as has Warrington Wolves half-back Widdop, who was a regular at England under previous coaches Steve McNamara and Wayne Bennett.

The 31-year-old Westerman’s case was supported by his trainer Chris Chester when Wane visited the Wakefield club this week.

Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop receive calls from Shaun Wane for England |  Rugby League News

Chester backs Westerman for England recall

Wakefield coach Chris Chester has said he will push off forward Joe Westerman for an England recall after scoring his 100th career try against Leigh.

“Joe is playing the best rugby that I have seen from him in a long time,” said Chester.

Westerman’s teammate at Wakefield, Reece Lyne, is also called up, along with former Catalans Dragons winger in Wigan, Tom Davies, as Wane expands his elite training squad to 38.

There are, however, no callbacks for Hull FC’s versatile full-back Jake Connor, who is also in good shape but faces stiff competition for the role of full-back from Sam Tomkins and Zak Hardaker.

“I watch every Super League game, every week, and the door is always open for players to perform,” Wane said.

Joe Westerman and Gareth Widdop receive calls from Shaun Wane for England |  Rugby League News

I watch every Super League game, every week, and the door is always open for players to perform.

England head coach Shaun Wane

“I have been impressed over the past few weeks with what I have seen from these four players and the data we have on them confirms it. They consistently achieve the required levels of performance at the highest level.”

Hull center Josh Griffin retains his place on the squad, although he is unlikely to be available after undergoing surgery this week for a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Next Wednesday, Wane will announce his squad for England’s match against the Combined Nations All Stars on Friday June 25 at Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

Meanwhile, the RFL canceled the training session scheduled for Monday at Headingley due to the volume of injuries at some clubs and the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 outbreaks in others.

England team: 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.

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