Huddersfield Giants back-row forward Brett Ferres has been named on the bench for a third successive time as England bid to reach the Four Nation final.
Coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with the team that lost to Australia for Saturday’s must-win clash with New Zealand in Dunedin.
McNamara made two changes for the 16-12 defeat to the Kangaroos after initially naming the same team that beat Samoa in their opening game, drafting in captain Sean O’Loughlin after he completed his recovery from a leg injury and centre Dan Sarginson in a tactical swap for Michael Shenton.
O’Loughlin came through his comeback match unscathed and was cleared to play on Saturday after officials decided he had no case to answer after being placed on report for an alleged trip on Australia skipper Cameron Smith.
Sarginson keeps his place after impressing on his Test debut.
England need to beat the Kiwis by 10 points to leapfrog them into top spot on the ladder and guarantee a place in the November 15 final in Wellington.
If England win by fewer than nine points, they could be overhauled by Australia, who meet Samoa in the last round-robin game on Sunday.