Former Huddersfield player Wayne Bennett is being lined up as the next England rugby league coach.

The Rugby Football League have parted company with Steve McNamara, himself a former Giants player, revealing the 44-year-old's contract will not be renewed.

The ex-Hull and Bradford Bulls man has been England coach since 2010, and his most recent contract expired at the end of last year following the 2-1 victory over New Zealand in the three-match Test series.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said: “The RFL has concluded that with the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, now is the time to make any change to the England set-up.

Steve McNamara has been the longest-serving national coach in our history and it is undoubtedly the case that the national team and set-up have moved on considerably under Steve’s leadership.

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“We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve for his considerable efforts over the years to both the England senior team and the underlying programme. He leaves with our very best wishes and on a high, after a series win over New Zealand.”

Bennett was signed by Huddersfield in 1972. The 66-year-old would bring a wealth of experience to the England job having coached Australia 16 times and been the supremo at Brisbane Broncos for more than 500 matches between 1988 and 2008.