England coach Steve McNamara isn't ruling Gareth Widdop out of the World Cup just yet

England coach Steve McNamara is still hopeful Gareth Widdop will be available for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, despite the Storm star suffering a gruesome dislocated hip late last month.

Widdop was stretchered from the field in agony during Melbourne's 18-12 loss to Gold Coast in round 15, and Storm coach Craig Bellamy later ruled his five-eighth out for the rest of the year.

But McNamara, who is in Australia to brief his NRL-based players on England's World Cup preparations, is still hoping Widdop will represent the Lions at the end-of-season tournament.

"Look, he's very positive. He's not ruled out just yet," McNamara told the SportsFan Clubhouse.

Catch the full interview with Steve McNamara here.