This match should be taking place in Italy. Having an England warm-up match (which England could conceivably lose) at a WC venue is a ridiculous decision.
Wow, steady on there! If we play rubbish, people dismiss it as meaningless. If we play anyone who might be competitive, then it goes down as "ridiculous" because we might lose. Why do you watch the sport? To see us hammer people, to see us lose, or to see us play in matches which could go either way?
We had the same before the Exiles. "OMG, what will this say about England if we lose to the Exiles", then when we won, it was because the Exiles were rubbish!!
Don't know how the stadium was chosen, but perhaps Salford bid for it? The report says the RFL have "agreed terms" with Salford City Reds. Maybe Dr K thinks hosting England in a World Cup warm up will be good for his club, to convince locals that Salford is at the forefront of RL and not just some dross team scraping along on the bottom of the game?
BTW I read somewhere that the match will be broadcast by the BBC, as part of their World Cup lead in. Be great if that were true, and would fit in with the coverage they game of the tri-nations last year.