Graham back for Ireland clash
Former St Helens prop James Graham has been recalled to the England team for Saturday's World Cup Group A match against Ireland at Huddersfield.
The 28-year-old Canterbury Bulldogs forward was left out of the side for England's opening game against Australia in Cardiff last Saturday but is set to win his 19th cap after being among three changes made by coach Steve McNamara to the side that lost 28-20 to the Kangaroos.
Graham, who is thought to have served an internal suspension for breaching the team's alcohol ban, takes the place of Wigan prop Lee Mossop, while Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin returns from injury in place of the suspended Sam Burgess and Leeds-bound winger Tom Briscoe takes over from Wigan's Josh Charnley, who has a slight shoulder injury.
Huddersfield second-rower Brett Ferres and South Sydney props Tom and George Burgess keep their places after making their debuts at the Millennium Stadium.
"We have made a slight adjustment to the squad this week," said McNamara.
"We have one forced with the suspension of Sam Burgess. It gives us a chance to look at a couple of other members of the squad this week.
"It suits us to have a consistent selection from last week with a couple of tweaks.
"We have 24 very good players and the additions to the squad this week, Tom Briscoe, James Graham and Sean O'Loughlin, will give us some impetus and freshness in the team."
McNamara added: "Lee Mossop came on at difficult period in the game last week and he tried his best in what was a tough match against Australia.
"I just wanted to slightly change things around and go with some different personnel."
The return of O'Loughlin is a timely boost as England seek their first win of the tournament.
"It is a positive to have Sean O'Loughlin available for selection," McNamara said. "He is valued by the group and we understand the qualities he brings to the squad.
"He is fit and looking forward to it. Having him available gives us a new dimension to the forward pack with great depth across all positions."
Briscoe will win his 14th cap, but Charnley, who scored his 44th try of the year against Australia, is still regarded as a first-choice winger for his country.
McNamara said: "Josh Charnley did fine last week. He has a slight shoulder niggle so the rest will do him no harm.
"The competition for places amongst the wingers is very fierce and Tom Briscoe has done extremely well in training. He will be given a chance to make an impact."
England 19-man squad: C Ablett (Leeds), T Briscoe (Hull), G Burgess (South Sydney), T Burgess (South Sydney), R Burrow (Leeds), R Chase (Castleford), L Cudjoe (Huddersfield), L Farrell (Wigan), B Ferres (Huddersfield), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs), R Hall (Leeds), C Hill (Warrington), S O'Loughlin (Wigan), J Roby (St Helens), K Sinfield (Leeds, capt), S Tomkins (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), B Westwood (Warrington), G Widdop (Melbourne Storm).
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