Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale has been named in Wayne Bennett’s initial England train-on squad along with nine other players.
The 28-year-old half-back has impressed during the 2016 season as he amassed a staggering 46 try assists in Super League and won the Albert Goldthorpe Medal as well as Castleford Tigers Supporters Club’s committee player of the year award.
After being part of the squad, but not being picked to play for his country in 2015, Gale will be hoping for a different outcome in the upcoming Four Nations.
The England train-on squad only includes UK-based players involved in games up to round seven in the Super 8s competition with the play-off semi-finalists and finalists to be added later.
Training with new England assistant coach Paul Anderson and performance staff from the beginning of this week, players from Castleford, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos and Widnes Vikings have come together to maintain fitness and skills.
But there is only room for one Tigers player with the likes of Adam Milner, Oliver Holmes and Mike McMeeken missing out despite their strong performances in 2016. Former Cas player Brett Ferres is included along with ex-Featherstone Rovers full-back Zak Hardaker and former Featherstone Lions junior Tom Briscoe.
The players in this squad have been invited to train in the England programme – the final Four Nations 24-man squad will be announced on Monday.
England’s train-on squad:
Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)
Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)
Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants)
Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos)
Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos)
Brett Ferres (Leeds Rhinos)
Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)
Tom Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos)
Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos)
Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings)
The 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations featuring England, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland starts on Friday, October 28 and more than 50 per cent of tickets are priced at £25 or less. For tickets, call the Rugby League ticket hotline on 0844 8561113.
The full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:
Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, Hull
Saturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Saturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Saturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Friday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington
Sunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, Liverpool