“I find it embarrassing and wouldn’t be against a France win” – How social media reacted to Shaun Wane’s England team

Today Shaun Wane announced the team he’ll field against France on Saturday as he continues preparations for next year’s World Cup. His selection surprised some as did he chose of captain in Sam Tomkins’ absence. It’s an exciting yet different looking side who should make some positive strides forward in Saturday’s game. That’s my take anyway, but what was yours? How did social media react to England’s team?

One of the most interesting selections came at centre. Zak Hardaker, who is arguably most comfortable at fullback, joins Wakefield’s Reece Lyne at centre with Harry Newman left out. Some questioned why Hardaker was selected in a role that isn’t his best as fans voiced their frustration at the team even suggesting that they’d subsequently like to see France win.

Many were disappointed by the absence of Newman. The youngster finished the season strongly at Leeds and some believed this was the perfect opportunity for him.

One person however suggested that leaving Newman out in favour of Lyne was the right call.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of happiness about Jordan Abdull’s inclusion in the halves after a brilliant season with Hull KR.

There was also excitement about the decision to name Niall Evalds at fullback.

However, many were frustrated by the fact John Bateman was given the captain’s armband. Some even suggested he shouldn’t be playing.

One fan even suggested the decision was a biased one.

That said, some believed that it made perfect sense. After all Bateman is the most experienced player in the squad and is indeed a world class player.

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