Four Nations 2011: Gareth Ellis fit for England final squad

Four Nations final: England v Australia

Venue:
Elland Road, Leeds
Date:
Saturday, 19 November
Kick-off:
1800 GMT
Coverage:
Commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; watch live on Sky Sports 2 (subscription required); highlights on BBC Two (1700 GMT, Sunday, 20 Nov)
Jack Reed of England scores a try

Second rower Gareth Ellis has been named in England's 21-man squad for the Four Nations final against Australia.

The 30-year-old has recovered from the back injury which forced him to miss last week's 28-6 win over New Zealand.

Centre Leroy Cudjoe, winger Ben Jones-Bishop and hooker Michael McIlorum have been dropped from the initial squad.

Australia trio Billy Slater, Willie Tonga and Robbie Farah miss Saturday's game at Elland Road but Darren Lockyer and Tony Williams return.

Ellis was forced off as England were beaten by Australia at Wembley in the group stage, and his return is a big boost for England - as Australia manager Tim Sheens admitted.

England's Ryan Hall scores a one-handed try against New Zealand

"I think they missed him when they lost him against us," said the Australian, who is the former Wakefield and Leeds man's club coach at Australian side Wests Tigers.

"He was having a strong game. He's a quality player and you want to have all your people available if you can."

The final takes on added significance for England forward Adrian Morley, who will become the most capped player in the history of British rugby league.

His 50th cap, which includes matches for both England and Great Britain, will put him nine behind world record holder Lockyer, who is playing his final match before retiring.

"He's 50 not out, as he keeps telling everyone," said England coach McNamara. "He's got no intention yet of hanging his boots up and neither should he with the form that's he in.

"It's a tremendous achievement and he deserves all the plaudits he should get."

Kangaroos captain Lockyer will mark his final appearance by flying his parents in for the clash.

"It might be an emotional one for them," he said. "They haven't been away too much for my games but I thought this one was a special one and I knew they wanted to be here so they will."

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