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“One Team England. Forget your Leeds, Warrington, Wigan”: Williams

09 Nov 22, 7:04PM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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George Williams has revealed the tight bond and togetherness is growing within the England squad as they eye a place in the World Cup final.

England will do battle with Samoa in the semi-finals in London, with a place at Old Trafford up for grabs.

Williams has been part of the national team set-up since making his Test debut in 2015.

He feels the current England team is more united than previous incarnations.

“It does. It feels whole,” he said.

“It feels as one. There’s lads from different clubs and when I first got into the England system it was a bit clicky but now it feels like one.

“One Team England. Forget your Leeds, Warrington, Wigan, we’re as one and that shows on the pitch sometimes. We’re together.

“Credit to the coaching staff, Waney and everyone in the group. The group environment we’ve created is enjoyable.

“It’s not always the same. It’s been a tough year at Warrington, but after a day off you come in and you’re buzzing to be back in.

“It’s a great environment and hopefully we’ve got two more games and two more wins.”

Williams hopes England fans are starting to believe that this team can make history and win the World Cup for the first time, after Great Britain’s success in 1972.

“We believe internally from day one, you’ve got to if you want to do anything in the competition,” he said.

“But hopefully we’ve got a little bit of heart behind us. Not too much. We’ll keep our feet on the floor and work hard evert week kike we have so far and we know it’ll be a tough test against Samoa

“That’s why the second half was so crucial [against PNG]. It wasn’t perfect but we got a set for set mentality and I think that’s what we’ll need on Saturday rather than just blow away scores.”

England is now just two more victories away from lifting the World Cup trophy.

Williams described the prospect as “exciting”.

“It probably excites us more than anything, we’re really excited,” the 28-year-old said.

“We’ve worked all our lives to be in these types of situations and play in the biggest games and biggest venues.

“We’re prepared, we’re ready and we believe.”

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