Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane.

Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform.

The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a great chance and if they get it right, they could just sneak up and win it.

“Some of the young people need to show up and the half-back combination is vital – a lot will depend on Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop.

“But they have certainly got the artillery and we have some big lumps out there with the Burgess boys and James Graham.

“Sean O’Loughlin is a key figure and you mix that in with the younger players and there is some real excitement building.

“Getting them together in the right system is vital but I give them every chance, I really do.”