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Richie Myler admits his England chance against France cost him a holiday in Dubai

RICHIE Myler had some explaining to do to his TV star wife as his England chance meant postponing a holiday.

And Tom Johnstone admits national boss Wayne Bennett had him worried with just three words – who are you.

 Richie Myler is back in the England squad, at the cost of a holiday to Dubai

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Richie Myler is back in the England squad, at the cost of a holiday to Dubai

The pair tonight get the opportunity to show they can play at international level when they take on France ahead of the series against New Zealand.

Leeds scrum-half Myler was called up when Luke Gale withdrew while Wakefield winger Johnstone will finally make his debut.

And the former revealed his international comeback six years after his last cap meant a break with BBC star Helen Skelton and his kids had to be put off.

He said: “I did book a holiday to Dubai, so you’ll have to speak to the wife about that one!

 Myler is married to TV presenter Helen Skelton

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Myler is married to TV presenter Helen Skelton

“I’d never pass up this opportunity and I’d have never said no to playing for England. We can go to Dubai for the next 30 years, opportunities like this don’t come around too often

“You don’t get many second chances. I’ve been very fortunate to get one and it’s up to me to take it.”

Myler, 28, is the first to admit his call will raise eyebrows after Leeds went from Super League champions to fighting relegation and losing at home to Toronto Wolfpack.

But he insists he is more prepared now then when he burst on to the England scene.

 Myler has been picked to face France by England boss Wayne Bennett

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Myler has been picked to face France by England boss Wayne Bennett

He added: “It was getting to the stage where I thought my time had passed and there’s a point to prove, there’s no point hiding away from it.

“It wasn’t a year to shout about for Leeds but things like this show I’ve played my part.

“I’ve done a lot of growing up and maturing as a player since I debuted at the age of 18 and maybe I took it for granted a little bit.

“You’re young and dumb, you don’t sense it as much and when it’s taken away from you and it looks like you may never get the opportunity again, it’s a lot sweeter when it does come around.”

 Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone will make his England debut

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Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone will make his England debut

Johnstone will finally play on the wing after missing out on last year’s mid-season Test with Samoa because of injury.

However his first meeting with Bennett left him wondering after he was asked, ‘Who are you?’

The 23-year-old, joined by fellow debutants Jamie Shaul, Reece Lyne, Oliver Holmes and subs Robbie Mulhern, Liam Sutcliffe and Adam Milner, said: “I had a bit of a moment. He kept a solid face so I thought, ‘Oh my God, he doesn’t know me.’

“But Jermaine McGillvary said he called him the wrong name a few times to get under him. Some of the boys just said, ‘I reckon that’s what he’s trying to do to you to see how you reacted.’”

ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE FRANCE: Shaul; McGillvary, Lyne, Percival, Johnstone; Connor, Myler; Graham, Hodgson, T Burgess, Whitehead, Holmes, G Burgess. Interchange: Sutcliffe, Mulhern, Thompson, Milner.

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