Morley ready for French test

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Adrian Morley, centre, is expecting a tough final against France

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Adrian Morley, centre, is expecting a tough final against France

Veteran England forward Adrian Morley is warning his team-mates to expect a "fired-up" France in Sunday's final of the autumn international series at the Salford City Stadium.

England are overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy after rattling up 124 points in their two matches so far, while France are licking their wounds from last week's 44-6 defeat in Hull.

"They showed how passionate they were last weekend and they've got a few players back," Morley said. "The fact they lost their full-back (Cyril Stacul to injury) didn't do them any favours. They are going to improve on last week and the fact that there is a trophy at stake means there is a little bit more spice there."

He added: "I think they're going to come very spirited and be up for a game. They can certainly improve and I think we can improve as well.

"I think our defence was great but our attack wasn't so great, so it's a chance to improve there."

While France coach Aurelien Cologni must plug the gaps caused by the loss of Stacul and his Catalan Dragons team-mates Gregory Mounis and Mickael Simon, England boss Steve McNamara is picking from a full-strength squad.

Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin is back in the frame after recovering from a hamstring strain sustained in England's opening 80-12 rout of Wales and Castleford half-back Rangi Chase is also named in a 20-man squad after completing his recovery from a groin injury.

McNamara must also decide which winger to leave out, with Wigan's Josh Charnley back in contention after sitting out the game at Craven Park.

"It will be a tough decision to make but all the players have the right qualities to pull on an England shirt," McNamara said.

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