St Helens sensation Sam Tomkins believes England can do ‘something special’ at the Rugby League World Cup later this year.
Steve McNamara has pulled the nation’s best players together this week for the first warm-up match against the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night, with the national coach assessing his options ahead of the showpiece event in October.
Tomkins is sure to be integral to England’s chances against the likes of Australia and New Zealand, who have traditionally been far too strong for the home nations, and the versatile stand-off is confident success can be achieved against the odds.
"I think the Exiles are a massive part of our preparation, certainly with the World Cup not too far away we need to get as many intense sessions together as we can," the 24-year-old told Sky Sports.
"There are only so many times we can do that in training. It'll be the last game we play before we crack onto the World Cup.
"I think the World Cup is a massive chance for us to show what we can really do. You look at the squad that we've got here this week. We've got a good chance of doing something special."
Tomkins and his teammates have been working together at a training camp in Loughborough, and start as strong favourites against the Exiles.
Willie Manu and Heath L’Estrange are the latest recruits for a side that has been England twice in their previous three encounters, with the duo replacing Leeds Rhinos forward Brett Delaney and Warrington Wolves hooker Michael Monaghan.