Leeds’ assistant coach Sean Long says Rhinos’ skipper Luke Gale has what it takes to star for England at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (England 8/1 World Cup Outright).

Gale was unable to guide Leeds (10/1 Grand Final Winner) into the playoffs during his first season at Emerald Headingley, but he did help them win the Challenge Cup at Wembley.

The former Castleford Tigers playmaker was set to miss the start of the 2021 Betfred Super League season, but the competition has been delayed until March 25 this week, meaning he may have recovered from his torn pectoral muscle.

Gale (25/1 – Man of Steel 2021 Outright) is still in light training with the rest of the Rhinos squad, and Long believes he can break back into the England setup.

The 32-year-old has not featured for England since the 2017 World Cup, but he is back in Shaun Wane’s elite squad, and Long thinks he can help him develop his game.

He told Love Rugby League: “Galey’s game management is bang on, his talk is good and he gets the boys around the field. He’s like the quarterback in the NFL.

“I’m trying to teach him about picking off numbers, not pre-empting his play and playing off a little bit of chaos at times, some ad-lib footy.

“He’s really good at structured stuff but, going forward, you need to do both, you need to think outside the box. I think he’s got all the attributes to play for England in the World Cup.”

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