England lost the 2017 World Cup final to Australia but has beaten New Zealand three out of four matches this year.

Schofield, who played for Balmain and Western Suburbs in the 1980s, also slammed Australian rugby league fans.

"I was at the World Cup final last year and the Aussies are that arrogant that the fans didn't even wait in the ground to see the presentation of the World Cup to them," he said.

"Because they thought they were doing to win anyway. Well they just managed to win it, 6-0.

"But the Aussie fans, they're arrogant as well. They didn't even wait and celebrate the handing of the trophy to the winning side."