Aitken and Widdop play their club football together in the NRL.
“I was surprised that Gareth didn’t actually play in our game… but he is definitely a quality player and has been one of the Dragons’ best over the last couple of years,” Aitken told NRL.com.
“He has been leading from the front at club level, but I am not sure what is going on there with selections.
“England are definitely better if he gets picked.
“He is a quality player and he has proven that time and time again, I think he is best for England in that starting spot.”