THERE are five Saints players in the England squad for next Saturday's Test against France in Perpignan.

Tommy Makinsonson, Jonny Lomax, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees and Alex Walmsley are all included.

There likely to be debuts  for Castleford full-back Niall Evalds and Jordan Abdull.

Shaun Wane will have to appoint a new captain in place of injured Sam Tomkins, who led England for the first time in the mid-season game against a Combined Nations All Stars.

France's new coach Laurent Frayssinous must also find a new captain after losing Ben Garcia, Theo Fages and Julian Bousquet to injury and he will announce his man when the squad goes into camp on Tuesday in Prades, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Other potential new caps include Leeds centre Harry Newman, who has made a full recovery from a double leg break, and St Helens prop Matty Lees, who was in the England Knights team that defeated Jamaica 56-4 at Castleford on Friday night.

Another Knight, captain Danny Walker, is also promoted in the absence of his injured Warrington team-mate Daryl Clark.

Wane said: "Things are always going to be fluid up to a point with form and injuries but I'm more than happy that we have the players to get the job done.

"Every player is in on merit and they know what's expected of them. Each one is a credit to their club, they have adapted themselves well at training and bring a very positive mindset.

"There's no doubt it's going to be tough. Catalans Dragons players dominate the French squad and their fans are fanatical.

"We'll work hard in training this week and we'll be raring to go come game day. The players are ready to do England proud."

With no NRL-based players under consideration for this re-arranged Test, the only England survivor from the last meeting with France in October 2018 is Wakefield centre Reece Lyne.

Tony Gigot, Ben Jullien, Mickael Goudemand and Anthony Marion, who have all been named in Frayssinous's 20-man squad, are the French survivors from the team that lost 44-6 at Leigh Sports Village three years ago.

England squad: J Abdull (Hull KR), B Currie (Warrington), T Davies (Catalans), N Evalds (Castleford), J Bateman (Wigan), M Cooper (Warrington), L Farrell, Z Hardaker (both Wigan), M Knowles (St Helens), K Leeming (Leeds), M Lees, J Lomax (both St Helens), R Lynne (Wakefield), Paul McShane (Castleford), T Makinson (St Helens), H Newman (Leeds), M Oledzki (Leeds), J Philbin, D Walker (both Warrington), Alex Walmsley (St Helens).