Widdop out as Bennett makes changes

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Wayne Bennett has dropped Gareth Widdop for England's Four Nations match against Scotland.

The hosts, beaten 17-16 by reigning champions New Zealand in their opener, need a response on Saturday against a Scotland side who fell to a 54-12 loss against Australia.

Widdop's exclusion makes room for Wigan Warriors' George Williams to come in, while coach Bennett has recalled Mark Percival and Scott Taylor in his 19-man squad.

"We're not going to make too many changes, but we also want to make sure most players in the squad get game time," said Bennett.

"The New Zealand game has gone now. We've reviewed it, talked about it and now back out on the field to get things right for Scotland on Saturday.

"We won't be reading too much into Scotland's game against Australia, they're a good side with plenty of talent from Super League and the NRL in there. From what I saw, I thought they had a go last Friday and scored some decent tries.

"Just like every game we go into, we're focused on our job and what needs to happen to come out on top."

 

England  squad in full: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rrabbitohs), Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves), Mike Cooper (St George Illawarra Dragons), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Mark Percival (St Helens), Dan Sarginson (Wigan Wwarriors), Scott Taylor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders), George Williams (Wigan Warrios).