Wigan forward John Bateman is looking forward to linking up with England again when the Four Nations get underway.

Bateman delighted with England inclusion

Bateman delighted with England inclusion

Bateman played a crucial role for the national team in the Test series victory against New Zealand last year and he has now been named in Wayne Bennett’s 24-man squad for the upcoming tournament.

The 23-year-old was an integral part for the Warriors this season, scoring 13 tries in 27 appearances and helping the club win the Grand Final after beating Warrington Wolves in the final at Old Trafford.

Everything appears to be going in the right direction for the Bradford-born star and he is ready to take on a much stronger challenge when the Four Nations kick off.

"I'm thrilled to be involved again," Bateman told the club's official website. "Last year was a great experience and we did well against a good Kiwis side. This year it will be tougher with Australia and Scotland thrown into the mix too but we've got a good young team. On our day I think we definitely mix it with the best of them."

The opening game of the tournament see's Australia take on Scotland on October 28 before England go toe-to-toe with New Zealand the following day.

Bennett's men will conclude the competition on November 13 when they face the Aussies in what could be a crucial final contest.

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