Mixed news for McNamara

Uncapped duo Brown and Lunt will remain with England squad

Last Updated: 08/06/10 5:02pm

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McGuire: Ruled out

McGuire: Ruled out

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England will be without Danny McGuire for the Gillette Fusion international against France on Saturday - but Kevin Sinfield is fit for the game in Leigh.

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"Kevin Brown and Shaun Lunt will now stay with us - they've been great additions to the group and this is a chance for them to stay with us for a longer period and, quite possibly, play"
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Leeds stand-off McGuire has been ruled out with a knee injury he picked up during his club's Super League defeat of Wakefield last Friday.

Fellow Rhino Sinfield picked up a similar problem in the same game but has now been passed fit for the mid-season fixture, live on Sky Sports.

St Helens half-back Kyle Eastmond has, as expected, been ruled out of contention with an ankle injury that is likely to sideline him for a month.

New coach Steve McNamara now has a 19-man squad to choose from, including Kevin Brown and Shaun Lunt. The uncapped Huddersfield duo had been drafted in as injury cover for McGuire and Sinfield on Monday.

Great additions

"I'm very disappointed for both Danny and Kyle but we move on," McNamara told England TV.

"Kevin Brown and Shaun Lunt will now stay with us - they've been great additions to the group and this is a chance for them to stay with us for a longer period and, quite possibly, play.

"They were unfortunate to miss out in the first place and their form over a period of time has been good enough for them to be considered for selection."

England are now without three of the four half-backs who appeared in the Four Nations series last autumn. As well as McGuire and Eastmond, Warrington scrum-half Richie Myler is also injured.

The absence of the trio means Brown, whose only previous involvement in an international squad came when he was named 18th man against the same opponents three years ago, could be handed his first cap.

"Obviously Nathan Brown has worked really hard with me, showed me new aspects of my game," said the 25-year-old.

"I've worked really hard too, our trainer has got me much fitter - it's been a combined effort."

Brown's club colleague Lunt could share hooking duties with James Roby, who is confident of passing a mandatory head test after a concussion.

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