However, far from seeing the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic as a setback, England’s head coach is determined to use the extra time to hone his side for an even stronger challenge for glory.
Wane said: “To be honest, I am the eternal optimist. The way I look at it, in the big scheme of things as a sport, it’s really disappointing for me and for many other people who had worked hard to get this World Cup on.
“But it’s not to be, the simple fact is it’s not to be and we’ve got another 12 months. So I’m going to use that 12 months to make sure my players are even better prepared for next year’s World Cup. That’s the only stoic way we can look at it.”
Improvements to the squad
Asked if the postponement has improved England’s chances, Wane said: “Absolutely. We are in good shape.
“The Super League clubs are doing a great job with these players to produce them. We just need to produce more and better players.
“We can’t sit back and pat ourselves on the back. Super League clubs, coaches, scouts, they’ve all done a great job in producing that young talent list, it’s immensely talented.
“But it can’t end. We have to double that. We have work hard and we have to get better staff, better quality, everything has to improve. That’s the mentality we must have.”