Brown into England squad

Kevin Brown is set to feature against Australia with the Widnes halfback named in the England squad for Sunday’s game.

England take on the Kangaroos in London.

Gareth Widdop also makes a return to the squad as does James Graham, with Scott Taylor and Liam Farrell omitted.

“I know how much ability this team has got and I want them to play to that ability on Sunday – that’s the best chance we’ve got,” England coach Wayne Bennett said.

“We all know what we’ve got to do and that we’ve got to win the game. We won’t be thinking about points difference or anything else, that’s not going to help anybody.

“I just want the boys to get back to the way we played against New Zealand in the first game of the tournament.

“There’s been a lot of improvements this week – the attitude is there and everyone’s working hard.

Australia are the best team in the competition right now and it’s a challenge we’re all looking forward to in front of what will be a vocal crowd at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.”

England 19-man squad

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)

Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)

George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)

Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)

Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)

Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)

Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves/St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)

Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)

James Graham (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)

Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)

Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)

Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)

Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)

Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)

Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)

Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)

Gareth Widdop (St George-Illawarra Dragons, Kings Cross)

George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

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