England captain Sam Burgess in action against the Kiwis.

Despite suffering heartbreak at the hands of New Zealand in their opening game of the 2016 Four Nations, England remain defiant in the belief that they can push for the title.

The 17-16 loss on Saturday night local time (Sunday morning AEDT) means England will likely require a victory over red-hot Australia, or rely on other results going their way, in order to have a chance of making the tournament final at Anfield, Liverpool.

 

But Lions prop Chris Hill said the loss wouldn't damage his side's morale, and insisted their approach will remain unchanged ahead of facing newcomers Scotland next week at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

"It is business as usual, we will get back into it early next week and will kick on and focus on Scotland," Hill told NRL.com.

"We wanted to get a result against all teams, simple as that, but now we just need to focus on Scotland and take it from there.

"If we need to beat the Aussies the following week then so be it, we have got a confident bunch."

England led the match for the first 35 minutes, thanks to a pair of penalty goals from standoff Gareth Widdop, but leaked tries either side of half-time to surrender their advantage in front of a capacity crowd of 24,070 at John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield.

Tries to wingers Jermaine McGillvary and Ryan Hall in the second half ensured England remained in the game until the dying minutes, a point which Widdop said would set his side in good stead for the remainder of the tournament.

"Our effort and desire was outstanding and everyone had a real crack," Widdop told NRL.com.

"It was there for everyone to see, so we will take a lot of confidence out of that and work on the little things we need to in order to get better against Scotland.

"In the end a field goal separated us, I thought we started really well and then some poor discipline and a few penalties got them back into the game and in the second half we leaked a soft try."