Twitter Talk: Fans react to England squad being announced

England head coach Wayne Bennett named his 24-man squad that he will take to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and fans have mixed views on the selection. 

Sean O’Loughlin will captain the side while Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner Luke Gale and Dally M Half-Back of the Year, Gareth Widdop, have also been named in the squad.

Only two wingers have been picked in Jermaine McGillvary and Ryan Hall while only two out and out centres have been picked as well in Kallum Watkins and Mark Percival.

James Roby has been put back in the squad, with St Helens teammate Alex Walmsley also set to make his first international appearance this autumn.

Bennett has named NRL stars Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, James Graham, Chris Heighington, Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead in his squad as well.

A reminder of the 24-man England squad: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves), Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), Mark Percival (St Helens), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), James Roby (St Helens), Scott Taylor (Hull FC), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons), George Williams (Wigan Warriors).

Here’s how you reacted to the selected squad being announced:

What do you think of the squad selection? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. It certainly looks like bennett is helping the aussie win the cup. Bad show for an England coach. Maybe central contracts explains the selection of certain players.

  2. Players who should be in the squad on form
    Greg Eden, Liam Farrell, Sam Tompkins, Michael Shenton, Jamie Shaul and Danny Maguire
    Players who shouldn’t be there
    Kev Brown, Stef Racthford, Jonny Lomax, Chris Heighington, Chris Hill and Jermaine Mgilvary
    Also Ben Currie lucky to be there due to lack of game time Tommy Makinson unlucky also
    Wayne Bennett has lost the plot for me obviously doesn’t watch any SL
    I heard a rumour he wanted to pick Lee Radford ??

  3. Should be picking players on performance are you saying 4 Warrington players have performed George Williams and sicknote o loughlin plus a 35 year old part Aussie none of these should have been considered. Liam watts Paul mc Shane Matty ashurst keegan hirst Greg Eden the list is endless of big performers this season not even given a 2nd thought get the Aussie coach out get Darrell Powell in now

  4. To many old players who are well past the sell by date. Our squad wouldn’t scare a kindergarten. Nearly every squad you look at are better and stronger than our squad.I will not be getting up early to watch them play. Signed, The Little Man. Warrington.

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