ENGLAND boss Wayne Bennett has again sung the praises of Saints wing Tommy Makinson as the team builds towards the third test at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday (3.15pm)

Makinson grabbed all the headlines at Anfield on Sunday - but Bennett has been equally impressed with his previous two outing in the white jersey of England.

And he once again admitted that the 26-year-old had not been "on his radar" until this year.

Bennett said: "The three games he has had for England he has been absolutely outstanding.

"In America he came off the bench and helped turn that game around.

"In Hull, in my opinion, he was man of the match and the same again last week.

"It is like I said after the game, where have you been hiding him?"

Ryan Hall has been, up until his injury, been holding down that position.

His absence has given the Saints wing the opportunity to nail down a spot - and he has taken that with both hands.

"He did not come on to my radar until this year, and did not realise he was this good," Bennett said.

Makinson and other two members of the Saints trio - Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson - will continue to hold down their spots.

Both were outstanding last Sunday at Anfield, with Thompson providing power and pace in the middle stepping into the position vacated by skipper Sean O'Loughlin.

It will likely be the same role again this week, with the England skipper again ruled out with a calf injury.

He will be joined in the side by former Saint Joe Greenwood, who comes in for the suspended George Burgess.

Bennett revealed that Sam Tomkins will be out with a broken hand, sustained five minutes into the game, while hooker Daryl Clark will miss with dislocated ribs.

Bennett will call in Richie Myler and Stefan Ratchford to replace those players.