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Martin Johnson has faith in Rugby World Cup hopefuls

  Tuesday 16th August 2011

With the Rugby World Cup countdown well underway and just over three weeks to go, England manager Martin Johnson is confident that captain Lewis Moody, scrum-half Ben Youngs and prop Andrew Sheridan will be fit to make his 30-man squad.

Captain Lewis Moody hopes to state his intent at World Cup.

Captain Lewis Moody hopes to state his intent at World Cup. Cake.group photos

England face Ireland in a game next week Saturday and Johnson hopes to run the rule over the trio’s fitness then. If unscathed, they will no doubt be called up when the squad is announced next week Monday.

Moody suffered a knee injury against Wales and was forced off the field of play. It looked serious enough to cause fears he would not be travelling with the national squad when they depart for New Zealand on August 29th.

21-year-old Youngs, who is recovering from knee surgery he had in July, should join the rest of the team. As should Sheridan who has also been out due to more surgery on his shoulder, as well as a calf injury which ruled him out of the last two matches of the Six Nations. Neither player featured in England’s warm-up tests against Wales.

Johnson however is still unsure of his first choice side after seeing his team go down 19-9 to Wales on Saturday. The World Cup winner faces the difficult decision of choosing who makes the squad, and then the immediate selection headache of who will start in England’s opening match against Argentina.

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