England (8/1 World Cup 2021 outright) head coach Shaun Wane has revealed his excitement after naming his 24-man squad for the delayed Rugby League World Cup.

Former Wigan Warriors boss Wane announced his squad on Friday morning, with the notable absences of St Helens duo Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival, who have both been ruled out through injury.

Catalans Dragons star Sam Tomkins has been confirmed as England’s captain for the tournament, as they prepare to face Samoa (12/1 World Cup 2021 outright), France and Greece in the group stages.

The England squad boasts five players from the St Helens side that secured their fourth consecutive Betfred Super League Grand Final title this season against Leeds last Saturday.

Meanwhile, uncapped NRL-based duo Dom Young and Victor Radley have made the cut and are likely to feature in the World Cup warm-up game against Fiji on October 7.

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Having finally announced his squad, Wane is relishing the prospect of getting started with the group.

“After so many conversations with the players over the last two years, it’s exciting for all of us to be getting ready to go into camp for a home World Cup,” Wane told the official England site.

“The mood of the players and staff is fantastic. The opening match against Samoa in Newcastle is going to be a massive occasion, and I know English Rugby League fans and the sporting public will get behind us.”

England will kick-start the World Cup on home soil at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, with Samoa first up for the hosts on October 15 (England 5/6, draw 20/1, Samoa Evs – Match Betting 80mins).

England squad: Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons, captain), Andy Ackers (Salford Red Devils), Joe Batchelor (St Helens), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Mike Cooper (Wigan Warriors), Herbie Farnworth (Brisbane Broncos), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Tommy Makinson (all St Helens), Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken (both Catalans Dragons), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors), Victor Radley (Sydney Roosters), Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils), Luke Thompson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Kallum Watkins (Salford Red Devils), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), George Williams (Warrington Wolves), Dom Young (Newcastle Knights).

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