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Jamie Peacock gives strong opinion on whether Marc Sneyd should start for England in their upcoming quarter-final

Nobody stood out more for England in their 94-4 rout of Greece than Salford playmaker Marc Sneyd.

A surprise call-up by some accounts for Shaun Wane’s squad prior to the World Cup, Sneyd has let nobody down so far in the tournament.

He followed his solid showing against France with a Player of the Match display against the Greeks at Bramall Lane, while also grabbing a try in the record victory.

However, despite his performances, former England captain and now BBC pundit Jamie Peacock doesn’t think Sneyd should start in the knockout stages for Wane’s men.

Peacock said: “I think some of the areas where Marc Sneyd is great, those opportunities are going to present themselves in attack when you play the best in the world.

“You have got great support play from Marc Sneyd, his kicking game is great and some of the chip overs are on the money.

“But some of the plays you saw him score from against Greece are not going to be available from Papua New Guinea (quarter-final) onwards.

“People have been questioning if he can fit into an England setup. There are still question marks I think whether he is good enough at this level but he’s played his part so far and good on him.”

Peacock was backed up by another former England captain and now fellow BBC pundit James Graham, who feels head coach Wane should opt for Jack Welsby and George Williams.

Welsby and Williams shone in the halves during England’s opening game against Samoa, a match they were tipped to struggle in but eventually won a resounding 60-6 at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

Adding to his previous comments, Peacock singled out Williams again for praise, with the Warrington Wolves man, who captained the team against Greece in Sam Tomkins absence, producing another fine display.

“I thought George Williams had an outstanding captain’s knock,” said Peacock.

“He did everything that was expected of him and he has been exceptional in every game of this World Cup so far.”

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