England name squad to face France

Five current NRL players have been named in England's squad to face France at Leigh, with fullback Sam Tomkins missing the game with a knee injury.

Former Warrior Tomkins, who is returning to the English Super League with Wigan, is expected to be fit for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand.

Dragons Mike Cooper and Gareth Widdop, Rabbitoh Tom Burgess, Bulldog James Graham, Raider Josh Hodgson were named in the 19-man squad, along with soon-to-be Roosters winger Joe Burgess.

England 19-man squad to face France:
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill) 
Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Mike Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)
Leroy Cudjoe (Newsome Panthers, Huddersfield Giants)
Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers)
James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)
Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)
Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)
Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
Sean O’Loughlin, captain (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)
Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton Knights)
Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons, West Bowling)
Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)
George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)