Kangaroos cagey over Four Nations

Bet on the Four NationsAustralia might be strong 1/7 favourites to beat England in the Four Nations on Saturday at Wembley but Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has attempted to play down their status as tournament shoo-ins.

Sheens’ charges are currently 2/7 to win the Four Nations as they prepare for their second game against Steve McNamara’s 7/1 shots.

After seeing off New Zealand last week, Australia are expected to be too strong for England as well but Sheens is refusing to get too carried away.

He said: “I know there will be favourites in any competition but we don’t consider ourselves favourites in any shape or form.

“I watched England’s game against France when they were average but against Wales last week they were much, much better.

“You could see the improvement and the combinations coming together. They looked a lot more competent.”

The Kangaroos welcome back centre Greg Inglis after a two-month knee injury absence but Sheens is warning against expecting too much, too soon from the 24-year-old.

He added: “He’s fit and he’s trained well but his timing is still well away.

“I’m hoping he just gets through the game solid, that’s all he has to do, then build because there’s Wales next week and hopefully the final.”

England vs Australia is the second game of the Wembley double-header on Saturday and follows the showdown between Wales and New Zealand, which is a 1pm kick-off.

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