Former Super League coach Ian Millward believes that as well as having the right players at their disposal, England now have the right coach in the shape of the legendary Wayne Bennett.
Bennett, who will address the media to discuss his appointment as coach on Thursday, has been appointed on a two-year deal as national coach, following in the footsteps of Steve McNamara.
And Millward believes that England have every chance of winning the World Cup next year – and says that Bennett’s coaching gives them the best possible chance of some serious success on the international stage.
“This is the perfect time to coach England,” Millward told sportinglife.com.
“Sam Burgess is back in League, they have an outstanding pack of forwards and the best winger in the world in Ryan Hall. Sam Tomkins returning to the UK will probably help too.
“There’s no reason why England can’t win the World Cup (in 2017).
“Their inability to play consistently for 80 minutes has proved their downfall in the past but the way Wayne will coach them will give them a great chance of being in the battle for the full 80.
“They’ve got the players and now I feel they’ve got the right coach.”