Showing 2.30pm, 29 October: England v New Zealand, Four Nations

Wigan centre Liam Farrell and stand-off George Williams will be trimmed from England’s squad to face New Zealand in the Four Nations opener on Saturday.

Coach Wayne Bennett will stick with half-backs Gareth Widdop and Luke Gale, while Dan Sarginson comes in at centre.

John Bateman is set to feature in the second row, while captain Sam Burgess will make his first England appearance since returning from rugby union.

“George Williams will be out, as will Liam Farrell,” said Bennett.

South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Burgess, who was banned for the friendly win over France last week, last played league for England in the World Cup semi-final defeat by the Kiwis at Wembley in 2013.

“Sam’s ready to pull on the England rugby league shirt,” added Australian coach Bennett.

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Showing as we open, 20 October: Bangladesh v England

Batsman Joe Root says England will not underestimate Bangladesh when the two-Test series begins in Chittagong on Thursday.

England have won all eight of their previous meetings, but Bangladesh drew home series with Pakistan, India and South Africa last year.

“It’s Test cricket. I don’t think you can ever take it lightly,” said Root.

“They’re a very exciting side with some very dangerous players. We’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”

Captain Alastair Cook suggested England would select three spinners and three seamers for the series opener, against a side that have not played Test cricket since August 2015.

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Showing 7.45pm 11 October: Slovenia vs England World Cup Qualifier

Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the World Cup qualifiers as England travel to Slovenia hoping to rack up their third straight win and take full control of Group F.

Gareth Southgate has made the bold decision to drop underfire captain Wayne Rooney for the clash in Ljubljana as the Three Lions face off against one of their main group rivals.

The match marks just one of nine European World Cup qualifiers taking place, with Scotland also in Group F action as they visit Slovakia while Northern Ireland face a daunting trip to world champions Germany in Group C.

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Showing 5pm, 8 October: England v Malta

England must be “brave with the ball” when they face Malta in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier, says interim manager Gareth Southgate.

Forward Theo Walcott will start Southgate’s first game in charge, while captain Wayne Rooney will win his 117th cap at Wembley (17:00 BST kick-off).

“I keep hearing keep what English players can’t do, but I’ve seen what they can do,” said Southgate on Friday.

“I want them to go and show it. I expect us to control the game.”

England won their opening Group F World Cup qualifier against Slovakia 1-0 on 4 September, Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge before he left his post by mutual agreement.

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Showing 5.45pm, 6 September: England U21 v Norway U21

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has praised Marcus Rashford’s mentality ahead of his debut against Norway on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old was part of England’s senior squad at Euro 2016 but has never been picked for the Under-21s before.

Sam Allardyce left him out of England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

Southgate said: “You would think he had been with us for a longer period of time. That is testimony to the mentality he has arrived here with.”

There has been a debate about whether Allardyce was correct in his treatment of Rashford, who scored his first goal of the season with a last-minute winner at Hull on 28 August.

Southgate used the example of other England senior internationals who have moved between the senior and Under-21 squads recently to show the progress of young players is not straightforward.

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