O’Loughlin’s pride at being named England captain

England captain Sean O'Loughlin
England captain Sean O'Loughlin
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SEAN O’Loughlin described being made England captain as being a “huge honour”.

The national side’s coach Steve McNamara today (Sunday) named his squad for this autumn’s Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand which included seven Wigan players.

Young duo Dan Sarginson and Joe Burgess have been called up for the first time while Liam Farrell, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins, Josh Charnley and new skipper O’Loughlin complete the Warriors contingent.

Wigan’s representation is the biggest of all other clubs and it could have been eight but Michael McIlorum missed the cut due to upcoming surgery after next week’s Grand Final against St Helens, who have had no players selected.

O’Loughlin, who replaces Leeds Rhinos Kevin Sinfield after his international retirement earlier this summer, said: “I’m very excited by this new challenge, it is a huge honour to be appointed captain of the national team and I am very much looking forward to leading the side in Australia and New Zealand over the coming weeks.

“We’ve got a number of leaders in the squad and I will work with them to ensure we are doing all we can to be successful on the international stage.

“It’s about going out there and leading from example. It’s an exciting time for England Rugby League.”

McNamara, added: “Sean O’Loughlin is a great leader and has been left a positive legacy from Kevin (Sinfield).

“He is excited and honoured to be captaining the national set-up and will impose his experience and qualities on the rest of the group. In particular, his attention detail and work ethic will inspire the players both on and off the field.”

The 24-man-squad is:

George Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor

Joe Burgess, Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge

Tom Burgess, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor

Josh Charnley, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Daryl Clark, Castleford Tigers, Newsome Panthers

Mike Cooper, St George Illawarra Dragons, Latchford Albion

Liam Farrell, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Brett Ferres, Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers

James Graham, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook

Ryan Hall, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders

Zak Hardaker, Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions

Chris Hill, Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions

Josh Hodgson, Hull KR, East Hull

Sean O’Loughlin (captain), Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Stefan Ratchford, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks

Dan Sarginson, Wigan Warriors, Hemel Stags

Michael Shenton, Castleford Tigers, Upton

Matty Smith, Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook

Joel Tomkins, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Sam Tomkins, New Zealand Warriors, Wigan St Patricks

Kallum Watkins, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion

Joe Westerman, Hull FC, Featherstone Lions

Elliott Whitehead, Catalans Dragons, West Bowling

Gareth Widdop, St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross