Leroy Cudjoe knows England can beat New Zealand and reach the Four Nations final – if they play smart for the full 80 minutes.
England will be guaranteed a place in the final if they beat the Kiwis by 10 points or more in Dunedin on Saturday.
Coach Steve McManamara’s men came desperately close to beating Australia on Sunday, with many believing they didn’t deserve to lose 16-12.
England will keep the same 17 for the clash with New Zealand on their home soil, which means Giants back-row forward Brett Ferres is again on the bench.
And teammate Cudjoe, who was an England ever-present in last year’s World Cup, knows his fellow countrymen have the ability to make further progress.
“It’s going to be tough,” said the strike Huddersfield centre.
“But if they play for the full 80 minutes and play a bit smarter then I know they can do it.
“Even though I’m really disappointed not to be out there, I’ve still been right behind the boys and I’ve been impressed with a lot of the things they’ve done.
“I know Dan Sarginson was one of the centres who got the nod over me this time around, but I still thought he had a great game against Australia.
“In fact, I thought England played well for large parts of the game and were pretty unlucky not to win.
“Hopefully, that means they’ll be confident going into this weekend’s game and can reach the final. That would be a massive achievement.”