England Rugby League boss Wayne Bennett is expected to make just two changes from the team that lost out to hosts Australia for tomorrows must win game against the Lebanon (Cedars).
Warrington Wolves back rower Ben Currie will make his first start in an England shirt replacing the injured Sam Burgess who damaged medial ligaments midway through the first half last week. Also in line for his debut is St Helens man mountain Alex Walmsley who was forced to drop out of the squad last week after failing to overcome a virus and looks set to take his place on the bench.
Their Opponents Lebanon are the lowest ranking team in the competition but will be looking for another scalp after defeating France 29-18 in their opening game to register their 1st ever world cup victory with some exceptional performances from NRL stars Mitchell Moses, Robbie Farah and Tim Mannah. With 3 of the four teams in group A qualifying a win for the Cedars would see them through to the knock out stages for the first time ever!
England: Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Kallum Watkins, John Bateman, Ryan Hall, Gareth Widdop, Luke Gale, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, James Graham, Ben Currie, Elliot Whitehead, Sean O'Loughlin.
Interchanges: Alex Walmsley, Chris Heighington, Thomas Burgess, James Roby.
Extended interchanges: George Williams, Mike McMeeken, Mark Percival, Stefan Ratchford
Lebanon: Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Travis Robinson, Bilal Maarbani, Adam Doueihi, Abbas Miski, Mitchell Moses, Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Michael Lichaa, Alex Twal, Chris Saab, Ahmad Ellaz, Nick Kassis.
Interchanges: Mitchell Mamary, Ray Moujalli, Jamie Clark, Jason Wehbe.
Extended interchanges: Elias Sukkar, Anthony Layoun, Andrew Kazzi, James Elias.