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Rugby League World Cup: England call up Luke Thompson for Samoa semi-final

Event: Emirates Stadium, London Date: Saturday, November 12 Kick off: 14:30 GMT
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Manager Shaun Wane has made a change to England’s 19-man squad for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against Samoa.

Canterbury Bulldogs front row Luke Thompson is remembered in place of former St Helens team-mate Matty Lees.

Thompson, 27, has not played since England’s second group stage match against France last month.

England, which beat Samoa 60-6 in the first World Cup match, they thrashed Papua New Guinea 46-6 to set up a quarter-final clash at London’s Emirates Stadium.

Thompson scored one of England’s seven tries when beat France 42-18 in Bolton.

If prop Chris Hill plays on Saturday, he will move into second place on the all-time list of World Cup appearances with 16.

Hill, who turned 35 last week, broke the British record of 14 held by John Atkinson, Roger Millward and George Nicholls in the quarter-final against PNG to tie with former Australian international Bob Fulton on 15.

Former hooker Cameron Smith holds the record with 17 appearances at the 2008, 2013 and 2017 World Cups, captaining Australia to victory in the last two tournaments.

Hill is the third most capped English player of all time with 33, behind only Ryan Hall (40) and James Graham (44).

England team: Sam Tomkins, Tommy Makinson, Kallum Watkins, Herbie Farnworth, Jack Welsby, George Williams, Tom Burgess, Micky McIlorum, Luke Thompson, Elliott Whitehead, John Bateman, Victor Radley, Dominic Young, Morgan Knowles, Mike Cooper, Chris Hill, Mike McMeeken , Marc Sneyd, Kai Pearce-Paul.

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