I thought England were fairly close to beating the Aussies in 2013. The england side will of improved since then aswell, although we still have the incompetent coach.
If I was picking my England side it against the one in 2013 and comparing which is better.
Sam Tomkins/Sam Tomkins - Tomkins now has a season under his belt at NRL
Josh Charnley/Joe Burgess - hard to pick)
Kallum Watkins/Kallum Watkins - Watkins has a years more experience
Leroy Cudjoe/Michael Shenton - Shenton is better rounded than Cudjoe
Ryan Hall/Ryan Hall - exactly the same
Rangi Chase/Gareth Widdop - Widdop is far superior
Kevin Sinfield/Kevin Brown - Brown has been superb this year, Kev has no running game
Chris Hill/Chris HIll - exactly the same
James Roby/Roby - exactly the same
George Burgess/James Graham - Graham is slightly better
Brett Ferres/Brett Ferres - exactly the same
Ben Westwood/John Bateman - I rate Bateman a lot although is very young, Westwoods experience would be ideal
Sam Burgess/Sean O Loughlin - Sam obviously a huge miss which is the only significant weakness
Tom Burgess/ George Burgess - George clearly better than Tom
Gareth Widdop/Daryl Clark - WIddop is a better player, but having a half back on the bench at international level is pointless
Lee Mossop/Alex Walmsley - I prefer Walmsley but others will disagree
Carl Ablett/Elliot Whitehead - I would have Whitehead, much bigger threat on the edges
Without the glaring omission of Sam Burgess the England side is better than it was when it played the Aussies last year. I appreciate it is on southern hemisphere soil which changes things but then again the Aus team is slightly weaker than last year.
I still think we will lose, but I don't think we will be miles away.
I hope England can win.
The game needs it more than anything else.