Huddersfield and England winger Jermaine McGillvary has said the national side cannot afford to simply focus on just Giants team-mate Danny Brough this Saturday in Coventry.
All of the attention will be on Brough as he faces the nation who repeatedly overlooked him in recent years despite some of the best form in his career.
He will instead captain Scotland rather than play for England this weekend, and although McGillvary admits that Brough poses a real danger, it would be naive for Wayne Bennett’s side to focus on the Huddersfield half-back and nobody else.
“He knows me inside out – I’m expecting when he comes in to tackle me there’ll be some hands in there,” he laughed.
“I’ll give him a good slap – nah I’m only joking, I don’t want him to put any nasty spirals up for me! Broughy’s a quality player and has been carrying our team for a long time now, but if you look through their team they’ve got some good quality players like Adam Walker and the guys on the wing, Lachlan Coote is quality.
“You can’t just look at Broughy. We need to show them some respect. We can’t go there saying we need to put 60 points on them – we need to treat them with respect and do a job.”
McGillvary also said England are refusing to be too downbeat about Saturday’s defeat to New Zealand, saying that this is no time to get upset.
“We can’t dwell on it,” he said. “We’ve still got two more games to win to try and reach the final, and if people sulk and whinge about that it’s no good for the team. We need to regroup and go again. We’ve looked good in training and we need to repeat that again – just not be so stupid in certain parts of the game.”