With the World Cup approaching at the end of 2021, there are already debates circulating about who will be in Shaun Wane’s thinking.
Here are the top five contenders to be England’s halfbacks.
A shoo-in for the England squad after being at the top of his game for St Helens for a good few years now, Jonny Lomax will be expected to fire England to greatness once the World Cup comes around. Though other players may be flashier, Lomax is certainly one of the most hard-working and consistent halfbacks in the game.
Having enjoyed a stellar first season in the NRL, George Williams’ stock has risen considerably. Whilst he excelled for Wigan, the halfback took that to another level for Canberra in 2020. He is also one of Wane’s former heroes, having played under him at Wigan.
A few years ago, Luke Gale was fighting for an England spot and succeeding. However, after two seasons ravaged by injuries, the diminutive figure is now very much on the periphery. But, with Sean Long now assisting at Leeds, it could be a way back in for Gale, especially if he stays fit.
Though seriously underwhelming for Warrington in 2020, Gareth Widdop will almost certainly be in contention for the England squad come the end of the year. After making a name for himself in the NRL, a much more consistent 2021 for the Wolves would guarantee him a spot.
Stefan Ratchford donning a number six or seven shirt for his country wouldn’t be the weirdest concept. After all, the playmaker has starred in the halves for Warrington at times during his career. Of course, fullback is where Ratchford performs the best, but if injuries hit then don’t be surprised if he is given the nod.