Hre replaces Wigan loose forward Sean O’Loughlin as skipper, with the Warriors man having not recovered from a quad injury he sustained in the Super League Grand Final.
“It is a shame that Sean (O’Loughlin) misses the match with a problem with his quad,” said England coach Steve McNamara.
“He leads by example and gives 100 per cent effort in everything he does. He inspires everyone around him to follow his lead.
“We have four players in the squad making debut. They are ready. They’ve been in our system for a long time. All four have been in great form during the Super League season.
“There is a slight evolution to the squad this year with some new faces on show. The debutants are exciting and they can prove themselves on the international stage.”
ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE SAMOA:
1 Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), 2 Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), 3 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion), 4 Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers, Upton), 5 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), 6 Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross),7 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook), 8 George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor), 9 Josh Hodgson (Hull KR, East Hull), 10 James Graham (captain) (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook), 11 Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), 12 Joel Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), 13 Joe Westerman (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)
14 Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers, Fryston Warriors), 15 Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers), 16 Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor), 17 Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)