Four Nations 2014: Sione Mata'utia to become youngest ever player for Kangaroos in must-win encounter against England

Mata'utia will replace Daniel Tupou for Australia's second Four Nations match and will eclipse Israel Folou's record when he plays aged 18 years and 130 days

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Teenager Sione Mata'utia will make history by becoming the youngest Test debutant for Australia after being named in the side for the Kangaroos' must-win Four Nations clash with England in Melbourne on Sunday.

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The Newcastle winger replaces Daniel Tupou, who has been dropped after making his debut in Saturday's 30-12 defeat by New Zealand in the Kangaroos' opening game in Brisbane.

Mata'utia, who has made just seven NRL appearances for the Knights, will eclipse Israel Folau's record when he takes the field at AAMI Park aged 18 years and 130 days. Folau made his debut in 2007 aged 18 years and 194 days.

Daly Cherry-Evans has been named at stand-off as he battles to overcome the hip injury he sustained against the Kiwis but coach Tim Sheens has drafted the uncapped Ben Hunt onto a seven-man bench as cover.

Sheens has shuffled his pack with Corey Parker promoted to loose forward and Josh Hoffman dropped to the bench, while Canterbury Bulldogs forward David Klemmer could also make his debut after being drafted into the 20-man squad

Australia: G Inglis (South Sydney); J Mansour (Penrith), M Jennings (Sydney Roosters), D Walker (South Sydney), S Mata'utia (Newcastle); D Cherry-Evans (Manly), C Cronk (Melbourne); A Woods (Wests Tigers), C Smith (Melbourne, capt), S Thaiday (Brisbane), B Scott (Newcastle), G Bird (Gold Coast), C Parker (Brisbane).

Replacements: B Cordner (Sydney Roosters), R Farah (Wests Tigers), A Guerra (Sydney Roosters), R Hoffman (Melbourne), B Hunt (Brisbane), D Klemmer (Canterbury Bulldogs), J Papalii (Canberra).