EORL CRABTREE will be named in England’s final Four Nation’s squad – despite having just undergone right knee surgery.
England coach Tony Smith is today revealing his trimmed-down squad for the tournament against France, Australia and New Zealand.
And the 27-year-old Giants prop is one of the players who won’t be losing out as Smith’s men prepare for Four Nations battle.
Crabtree joined the England camp this morning, although he will only be involved in rehabilitation work at this stage.
That means he will definitely miss the Four Nations opener against France on Friday week.
But he does have a chance of making the England side to face Australia in Wigan on October 31 and at the Galpharm Stadium against New Zealand a week later.
“At the moment my dream of playing for England against Australia and New Zealand is still very much alive,” said Crabtree.
“The knee operation went as well as I could have hoped, which is obviously excellent news.
“And the fact Tony wants to keep me in his England plans makes it even better.
“It’s now just a case of making sure the rehab goes as good as possible and doing enough in training to make it impossible for Tony to leave me out.
“It’s a massive incentive to keep working hard.”