Widdop, who has sat out England‘s last two games, is now in line to take the number six shirt on Saturday, the first time coach Steve McNamara has ventured away from Chase’s partnership with Kevin Sinfield at half-back.
McNamara said: “As with every week, the squad is picked with not only the opposition in mind but the best combinations for ourselves.
“We have had a great week with our preparation and the players are ready to take on the world champions in what I believe is the biggest game we have been involved in since the Rugby League World Cup semi-final back in 2008.
“The players are well aware of the importance of the game and the improvements we have to make from our previous matches to give ourselves every chance of beating New Zealand.
“We will have to be at our best to win, but we’ll relish the pressure of playing against a quality team on one of the biggest stages in world sport.”