Bennett insists he's happy with England after Meninga jibe
Wayne Bennett insists he has no regrets over his decision to coach England, after Australia counterpart Mal Meninga cheekily suggested the 66-year-old wanted to be in charge of the Kangaroos.
Upon arriving in England last week ahead of the Four Nations, Meninga said Brisbane Broncos chief Bennett - appointed as England coach in February in addition to his club duties - would prefer to be leading his native Australia for a third time.
Bennett was invited to respond to those comments on Monday at the Four Nations launch at Anfield, which will stage the tournament's final next month.
After a mention of Meninga's words had brought a smile from the Kangaroos coach, a typically stern-faced Bennett replied: "I'm very happy with the English job right now. I'm just happy with what I'm doing. I'm really pleased I made the decision I made and I'm enjoying working with the team, they're a great group of blokes."
England's hiring of Bennett was seen as a major coup, given his stellar record of success over a lengthy period, and the vastly experienced Australian is optimistic ahead of his first major tournament at the helm.
"I like what I see, they've got a good attitude, they work hard," said Bennett of his squad.
"We played in France on Saturday night [recording a 40-6 victory] ... and I think we played some pretty fair football. We're in a pretty good place at the moment, as far as we can be with the real test to come in the next couple of weeks. I'm happy where we're at."
Meninga's Australia will be many people's favourites for the tournament, after they beat reigning champions New Zealand 26-6 earlier this month.
The Kangaroos also beat New Zealand in May and Meninga said: "I was very happy with our performance in both Test matches, but we all know that through a tournament teams will learn from every experience and get better as the games go on.
"We won't be taking anything for granted - we'll make sure our preparation is really good, make sure the players are fit and healthy. We'll be well prepared.
"Being here at Anfield is sort of a carrot as far as the players are concerned - they want to play here in a final."
The Four Nations gets under way in Hull on Friday with a match between Australia and rank outsiders Scotland, before England face New Zealand in Huddersfield on Saturday.