This Sunday represents an important moment in the international calendar, as England boss Steve McNamara will name the 24 men he has selected to go on tour to Australia and New Zealand for the Four Nations.
After an initial train-on squad of 34 was named earlier this year, there will be plenty of high-profile stars who will be missing out ahead of the tournament. But as well as the tried and tested, there could also be a few wildcard selections in the mix ahead of the squad announcement.
That’s why, for this week’s edition of Six of the Best, we’ve taken a step away from the ordinary, and examined six men who could be considered wildcard additions to the England squad for the Four Nations. Whether it’s an uncapped player or simply a man who’s come into consideration over the last few weeks, there are plenty of candidates out there! Don’t forget, if you agree (or disagree) with our selections, get involved on social media and let us know!
Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors)
Sarginson has massively impressed since joining the Warriors from London Broncos last year, so could he be in the running for a surprise call-up to the England squad? He’s one of three players shortlisted for Super League’s young player of the year – but could even more honours be on the horizon this Autumn?
Trent Hodkinson (Canterbury Bulldogs)
The Canterbury half-back, despite being born in Australia, is the son of an Englishman – and with the Bulldogs on the verge of NRL glory this weekend, could he be a surprise inclusion? He’s developed a reputation as one of the most consistent halves in Australia in 2014, and would certainly be an interesting selection from Steve McNamara.
Josh Hodgson (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Many expect James Roby, Daryl Clark and Michael McIlorum to be the three hookers in the mix for selection for the Four Nations – but could Josh Hodgson be included? He’s been in great form in 2014 ahead of a move to the NRL, despite a disappointing season for the Robins on the field.
Mike Cooper (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
Cooper left Warrington last year to head to the NRL, and the 26-year-old has enjoyed a strong first season with St George. Could a shock England call be on the cards after a great debut year in Australia?
Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)
Burgess was named in the initial train-on squad earlier this year by Steve McNamara, but with the likes of Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall possessing a wealth of international experience, Burgess looks to be down the pecking order when it comes to England selection. But after a great year for Wigan in Super League, will the England boss be tempted into taking him?
Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings)
A member of the Super League Dream Team in 2014, is Kevin Brown a realistic wildcard for England selection this Autumn? He has been incredible for the Vikings in 2014, guiding them to a Challenge Cup semi-final spot, as well as a top eight finish. But will he burst into the England fray for the Four Nations?