England v Combined Nations All-Stars
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium Date: Friday, 25 June Kick-off: 20:15 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and follow live The 32-year-old Catalans Dragons full-back drove for 16 hours from his home in the south of France to link up with the squad last weekend.
It means Wane will start the game with Leeds skipper Luke Gale and St Helens stand-off Jonny Lomax as his half-backs, although the versatile Stefan Ratchford is an outside option.
Huddersfield three-quarters Jermaine McGillvary, who was a virtual ever-present under previous coach Wayne Bennett, and Jake Wardle are the other players omitted when Wane trimmed his squad to 19.
It definitely wasn’t expected,” said Tomkins after receiving the phone call from coach Shaun Wane. “It’s not something you think about. I was taken back a bit, I didn’t know what to say to him.
Bateman, who played in the 2017 World Cup final, added: “It’s a big stepping stone for us as a team. We want to go out and win the World Cup and these games play a massive part in that.