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Shaun Wane will let his “heart” make George Williams decision

Shaun Wane has confirmed Warrington Wolves halfback George Williams will start in England’s third and final test match against Tonga next week.

Williams has been unavailable for the first two England test matches following a two-match ban picked up during Warrington Wolves Super League campaign; however Wane has now confirmed he will come straight into the halves next week.

Speaking to the media following yesterday’s second test in Huddersfield, Wane said: “George will play. He’ll be captain. He’s a player I admire, and I love what Mikey and Harry have done, but George will play.”

He added: “I’ll pick the strongest team and I think we’ll win. No question. It won’t be a long debate that.”

Williams was appointed England captain prior to the mid-season international against France; however he has not played for his country since due to the suspension.

He also explained that he won’t find it hard to drop either Lewis or Smith from the starting team for Williams.

“I don’t find that hard. I don’t mean to be arrogant, but I don’t,” he said.

“My heart tells me who to pick and that’s what I’ll do this week; but we’ll have a strong team, we’ll have a strong team and they’ll be committed and they’ll be really, really physical”.

Williams inclusion in next weeks test highlights Wane’s desire to get the whitewash in the series.

His side are already 2-0 ahead in the series, following wins in St Helens and Huddersfield; but England travel to Headingley looking for the clean sweep.

Speaking on wanting that elusive 3-0 series win, Wane responded: “Absolutely. No question about that. This week will be a really, really intense week and we’ll enjoy it today; but it’ll be work and we’ve got a job to do on Saturday.

He added: “I know the players have been fantastic in supporting me and believing in what I’m saying. We have to be obsessed about them seeing the best of us on Saturday”.

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