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Morley lands England spot

Veteran forward could add to record tally of caps

Last Updated: 03/09/12 9:56am

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England veteran Adrian Morley has been included in Steve McNamara's revised elite training squad for this autumn's triangular tournament against France and Wales.

The 35-year-old Warrington captain could now add to his record tally of 50 international appearances after becoming England's most capped player of all time in last November's Four Nations final against Australia.

Morley was omitted for this year's International Origin Series against the Exiles after being hit by injury, although he recently signed a new 12-month deal with Wolves while also helping them win the Challenge Cup final against the Leeds Rhinos last month.

McNamara has dropped five players from his initial 33-man squad, including Leeds prop Ryan Bailey, who was also left out by his club for last Friday's Stobart Super League game against Salford.

Others omitted are Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson and centres Kris Welham (Hull KR) and Kirk Yeaman (Hull) but Warrington centre Ryan Atkins and Hull second-rower Danny Tickle keep their spots after being called up for the games against the Exiles.

"Every opportunity with the players I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history."
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However, McNamara insists those who have not been selection this time around still have the opportunity to win back their places in future.

Door open

"The door is not shut on those that have missed out this time around," explained McNamara.

"As we approach the business end of the season, there is a lot to play for and there is no doubt that some players will progress and push for a place in the squad during the autumn series.

"We have a number of NRL-based players that will be involved too and it is imperative that we continue to have competition for places across all positions."

McNamara will take his squad away for a training camp before England's opening game against Wales on October 27.

"With the World Cup just over 12 months away, our planning and preparation will step up over the year ahead to make sure we are competitive and ready to make a huge impact on the tournament," he continued.

Opportunity

"Every opportunity with the players I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history."

Meanwhile, there are eight new faces in the 29-strong England Knights squad for the Alitalia Cup also featuring Scotland and Ireland.

The newcomers include Bradford forward Tom Burgess, who will be playing alongside older brother Sam at South Sydney in 2013, Warrington prop Chris Hill, Castleford hooker Daryl Clark and Huddersfield full-back Greg Eden.

Scotland have taken the place of Italy, whose withdrawal raises a question mark over their participation in the 2013 World Cup for which they have already qualified.

England elite training squad: C Ablett (Leeds), R Atkins (Warrington), T Briscoe (Hull), D Brough (Huddersfield), R Burrow (Leeds), G Carvell (Warrington), J Charnley (Wigan), R Chase (Castleford), E Crabtree (Huddersfield), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), R Hall (Leeds), Z Hardaker (Leeds), G Hock (Wigan), B Jones-Bishop (Leeds), J Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), J Lomax (St Helens), D McGuire (Leeds), M McIlorum (Wigan), A Morley (Warrington), L Mossop (Wigan), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), J Roby (St Helens), K Sinfield (Leeds), D Tickle (Hull), S Tomkins (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), B Westwood (Warrington), J Wilkin (St Helens).

England Knights squad: J Broughton (Salford), T Burgess (Bradford), D Clark (Castleford), C Clarkson (Leeds), P Clough (St Helens), M Cooper (Warrington), K Dixon (London), G Eden (Huddersfield), R Evans (Warrington), L Farrell (Wigan), M Flanagan (St Helens), L Gale (Bradford), B Harrison (Warrington), C Hill (Warrington), J Hodgson (Hull KR), D Houghton (Hull), J Hughes (Wigan), M Lawrence (Huddersfield), S Lunt (Huddersfield), J McGillvary (Huddersfield), R Myler (Warrington), L Patrick (Huddersfield), S Ratchford (Warrington), C Riley (Warrington), M Smith (Wigan), S Taylor (Hull KR), J Turner (Hull), J Wardle (Huddersfield), J Westerman (Hull).

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