Rugby League World Cup: Sam Tomkins hails Steve McNamara's England squad
Last Updated: 16/10/13 1:01pm
Sam Tomkins: Believes England have the potential to do 'something special' in the World Cup
Sam Tomkins believes Steve McNamara's current crop of England stars are the best and most competitive national squad he has been part of.
The team are now back on home soil following their productive World Cup training camp in South Africa ahead of Saturday's friendly against Italy in Salford.
Competition for places is fierce with at least two players for every position in McNamara's starting XIII and the full-back sees no reason why the nation cannot do 'something special'.
Australia are firm favourites to reclaim the trophy at the England and Wales tournament, which starts in Cardiff on October 26, while holders New Zealand also have an excellent record against England and are firmly in the mix.
"This is probably the best England team I've been involved in. We've got bags of potential and, if everyone can perform to their potential, I think we can do something special."
Tomkins has enjoyed a season to remember after helping the Warriors to Challenge Cup and Super League glory. But he admits he would happily swap club success for an England World Cup triumph.
"It's definitely the most competitive I've ever seen," he told the Manchester Evening News. "Every position is up for grabs and you can see the intensity picking up as the camp draws to a close.
"This is probably the best England team I've been involved in. We've got bags of potential and, if everyone can perform to their potential, I think we can do something special.
"The preparation over the last few years has been building up to the World Cup, with the England Knights and the ETS (elite training squad), and everything has clicked into place to get us into the best possible shape.
"To win the World Cup would mean absolutely everything to me. I've been lucky enough to win trophies with Wigan but I would certainly swap them to win the World Cup."