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Kear says Bennett is right for England

17th January 2020, 12:59 by Dan McCarthy

Bradford Bulls and Wales coach John Kear believes Wayne Bennett can lead England to 2021 World Cup glory.

England are looking to win their first World Cup when they host the tournament in just under two years' time. They were narrowly beaten 6-0 in the final of the 2017 edition by host nation Australia.

However, Bennett has come under recent scrutiny surrounding his team selections since that tournament.

Further pressure was increased on the 70-year-old during the autumn when Great Britain toured for the first time in over a decade.

They lost all four matches touring Down Under – two against New Zealand, one against Tonga and one against Papua New Guinea.

Bennett, who took over the England job from Steve McNamara four years ago, is out of contract after the World Cup and not guaranteed to earn to a new deal.

However, Kear believes Bennett is the right man to lead England forward and feels they can win the World Cup under his stewardship.

"I really do feel they can win it and I believe Wayne Bennett should be coaching them as well," former England boss Kear said. "He made great strides with England and I don't think he was the right choice to be Great Britain coach.

"But I do think he is the correct choice to continue as the England coach to the end of the World Cup."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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