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Last Updated: 28/06/12 10:07am

McNamara: Not an experiemental side

Boots 'n' All spoke to Steve McNamara about the England squad and the loss of Jamie Peacock.

"There was no pressure, the clubs have been very supportive of the England programme from the minute I took over and I think it is only fair that we cooperate with them. "

Steve McNamara

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McNamara will blood new talent for the second match of the International Origin series against the Exiles after winning the first 18-10.

Warrington's Stefan Ratchford and Salford duo Matty Smith and Jodie Broughton have been drafted in after impressing for the England Knights against Ireland, however the England coach said that he was not experimenting and that this is part of his strategy for 2013.

"I would not say it was experimental side," said McNamara on Boots 'n' All.

"This is the next phase for our preparation to go and win the World Cup in 2013. We were intent on winning the first game against the Exiles and this time we want to do it with a slightly different team make-up.

"I want to expose some of the younger players to the pressures that are involved at international level."

With Jamie Peacock announcing his retirement from international rugby league earlier this week, McNamara is yet to decide who will replace the veteran forward as captain, but says he will be a huge loss for England.

"First and foremost he has been superb for his club and his country. I think we should be very proud as to how he has led his country and he will be a big loss.

"For me it was very important that Jamie stayed as part of the group for the first half of the year. One, we wanted to beat the Exiles in game one and two I wanted his influence to rub off on all the young players that were involved in the England programme."

Club cooperation

McNamara also revealed that while he was under no pressure from clubs to leave certain players out, he did take their needs into consideration.

"There was no pressure, the clubs have been very supportive of the England programme from the minute I took over and I think it is only fair that we cooperate with them.

"We have an extremely busy time coming up with semi-finals of the Challenge Cup and important Super League games coming quick and fast.

"I think to overburden a single club for the second Exiles game would have been the wrong thing to do."