England coach Steve McNamara considering options for Exiles game
Last Updated: June 12, 2013 7:09pm
Steve McNamara: Decisions to be made for Exiles game
England coach Steve McNamara has a wealth of options at half-back ahead of Friday's game with the Exiles at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Kevin Sinfield has been confirmed as captain but it remains to be seen who will get the nod at scrum-half, with Rangi Chase, Richie Myler and Rob Burrow all in the mix.
"The half-backs are in pretty good nick," said McNamara. "Rangi's recent form has been very good and Richie Myler has been outstanding as well.
"We've some really good options there. I thought Rob Burrow had one of his best games on Friday night for Leeds (in the 42-24 victory over Castleford)."
New Zealand-born Chase has again been forced to defend his decision to represent England having qualified on residency grounds but admitted he is not sure if he will start on Friday.
Since playing against England for the 2011 Exiles, Chase has partnered Sinfield in seven of the last nine internationals but Myler featured against France and Wales last autumn when the Castleford player was injured and could feature once again.
"I'm not too sure if I'm in or not so I don't want to get ahead of myself," he said.
"I'm definitely not taking my spot for granted. We've got the luxury of having a bit of depth. There's me, Sinny, Richie and Rob Burrow all capable of doing a job.
"We've got to push each other. That makes us as a group competitive and that's what we want.
"I think me and Sinny have been improving every time we've played and it would be good to keep building on that combination."