Burgess criticises Australians wanting to play for England


George Burgess is not happy a number of Australian players are considering switching allegiances and representing England under Wayne Bennett.

Since Bennett's appointment in February, the likes of Trent Hodkinson, Darcy Lussick and Canterbury Bulldogs brothers Josh and Brett Morris have been linked with representing England.

However, South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Burgess is concerned such players are only considering it an option because they feel they would comfortably be selected ahead of English-born talent.

"I think it's wrong when some Australian players think they can walk into the England team if they are eligible," Burgess told The Sunday Telegraph.

"For me, that's not the point of playing for your country. We've got a strong team at the minute and we are hoping to contest for a final spot at the Four Nations.

"It's tough competition to get a spot in the team at the moment and no one can just walk in to it.

"I mean every case is different and some players have genuine interest in representing their country through parents who are English.

"But I think if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, I don't think it's right."

England will take on Australia, New Zealand and Scotland in the Four Nations from October.