England announce their 2017 World Cup squad

England head coach Wayne Bennett has named his squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Controversial once again, one must question whether the Australian coach actually watches any Super League matches, as the squad doesn’t resemble any current form whats-so-ever, and to be honest, would struggle to beat the Pacific Island nations, never mind New Zealand and Australia.

Omissions include Sam Tomkins, Michael Shenton, and Stevie Ward, not to mention Hull FC’s Liam Watts, Marc Sneyd and Jamie Shaul.

Kevin Brown is farcically included once again. The man who steered Warrington to the dizzy heights of 9th in Super League, whilst the back to back Lance Todd winner is overlooked.

In the forwards Australian-born Chris Heighington is included. Deary me.

Hull prop Scott Taylor is named once more, with Hull-born Josh Hodgson expected to start at hooker.

England Rugby League World Cup 24-man squad (number of caps, professional and community club in brackets):

John Bateman (6, Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)
Kevin Brown (6, Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders)
Sam Burgess (18, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Thomas Burgess (14, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
Ben Currie (0, Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside)
Luke Gale (4, Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)
James Graham (33, St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook)
Ryan Hall (32, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)
Chris Heighington (5, Cronulla Sharks, Umina Bunnies)
Chris Hill (19, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
Josh Hodgson (11, Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
Jonny Lomax (4, St Helens, Orrell St James)
Jermaine McGillvary (6, Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
Mike McMeeken (1, Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans)
Sean O’Loughlin (18, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Mark Percival (3, St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
Stefan Ratchford (2, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
James Roby (26, St Helens, Blackbrook)
Scott Taylor (2, Hull FC, Skirlaugh)
Alex Walmsley (0, St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic)
Kallum Watkins (20, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)
Elliott Whitehead (10, Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
Gareth Widdop (21, St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)
George Williams (5, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

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