Steve McNamara has made three changes to his England squad to take on France

Last Updated: 01/11/12 9:05am

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Sam Tomkins: missed England's win over Wales with knee injury

Sam Tomkins: missed England's win over Wales with knee injury

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Sam Tomkins and Tom Briscoe are back in the England squad for the clash with France at Craven Park on Saturday.

Wigan's Tomkins missed the 80-12 win over Wales last weekend with a knee injury but will likely replace Zak Hardaker at full-back against the Roosters.

Briscoe was left out of the side that routed Wales and will have his work cut out to get his wing berth back from Josh Charnley after his four-try performance in Wrexham.

"We have a number of options going into the France game this Saturday and there could be changes to the side that defeated Wales last week."
Steve McNamara

Warrington forward Ben Harrison has been called in to replace the injured Sean O'Loughlin but there was no place for Rangi Chase.

It was hoped that the Castleford stand-off would recover from a groin injury in time to take on the French but coach Steve McNamara has decided not to risk him.

"We have a number of options going into the France game this Saturday and there could be changes to the side that defeated Wales last week," said McNamara.

The return of Tomkins could mean a switch of position for Hardaker, who was crowned Super League's young player of the year after an outstanding season with champions Leeds and is comfortable in a number of different positions.

"Zak has got some versatility," McNamara admitted. "We have healthy competition for places across all areas and no one is guaranteed their place in the team.

"The players are aware of this and continue to put in the effort in training to make sure they are prepared and ready for what should be a physical battle against France."

England squad: Ablett, Briscoe, Burrow, Charnley, Cudjoe, Ellis, Hall, Hardaker, Harrison, Hill, Hock, Jones-Buchanan, McIlorum, Morley, Mossop, Myler, Sinfield, Tomkins, Watkins.

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