Farrell not down about being overlooked

Liam Farrell playing for England in the World Cup
Liam Farrell playing for England in the World Cup

Liam Farrell is remaining upbeat despite being overlooked for England’s opening Four Nations game.

He was left out of the squad which went down 17-16 to New Zealand on Saturday.

Farrell has been a regular face in the national side since 2012 and was man of the match in last month’s Grand Final victory.

But Wayne Bennett opted for his Warriors team-mate John Bateman and Canberra’ Elliot Whitehead, with Mike Cooper – able to also play prop – taking a bench spot.

“As much as I’m disappointed not to be in, I just have to get on with it,” said Farrell.

“I’m not getting down about it, because no one has a right to be in there and John and Elliot are quality players, and doing very well.”

Several other in-form players didn’t make the cut for Saturday’s game, including halfback George Williams and ex-Warriors prop Scott Taylor.

And Farrell added: “There are other lads in other positions who are missing out, all of them are very good players – as a country it’s a good position for us to be in.

“Hopefully I can do enough to get in there before the end of the tournament.”

England are aiming for a comprehensive win against Scotland this Saturday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Four Nations Final.

Australia face New Zealand in the second match at Coventry.