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England World Cup squad to be announced on Thursday

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On Thursday, 27 August at 13:45 BST, England will reveal its 31-man squad to compete at this year's Rugby World Cup.

There are 39 players in with a chance of making the final cut, and it is the job of head coach Stuart Lancaster to select the best squad possible to give England a chance to win the cup on home soil.

England lost the second of their two warm-up matches against France on Saturday, losing 25-20 in Paris, after beating the French side 19-14 a week earlier at Twickenham. 

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After the defeat, which saw a largely first choice England XV struggle against a relatively thrown together France outfit, Lancaster admitted that he still had lots of thinking to do before he announces the squad. 

"There are a few players who have given me food for thought, those guys who came on and gave us the energy we needed and made a difference.

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"I need to have a sleep on this game and think about my final squad. We're two weeks away from playing Ireland and four weeks away from Fiji in the World Cup and we'll expect a reaction next time." said Lancaster.

There is uncertainty all over the pitch around who will be selected, however no position has been speculated more than in the centre. 

Sam Burgess converted from Rugby League to Rugby Union in 2014 and made an indifferent England debut against France. The 26-year-old faces stiff competition against Henry Slade, Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees for a place in the squad.

England will have one more match to give the nation hope going into the tournament when they face off with Ireland on the 5 September at Twickenham. 

Fly half George Ford says the team needs to make amends for the teams shock defeat in Paris, against Ireland. "We've got to turn up against Ireland now and make sure that we win. Our basics have got to be world class."

England's World Cup campaign begins at Twickenham on 18 September against Fiji.

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