Kevin Sinfield is determined to lead England to Autumn Series success

Last Updated: 09/11/12 6:10pm

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Kevin Sinfield: Insists England's players are focused on the silverware on offer against France

Kevin Sinfield: Insists England's players are focused on the silverware on offer against France

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Kevin Sinfield insists England are fully focused on beating France in Sunday's Autumn Series final even though World Cup spots are in players' minds.

England are the favourites for silverware when the teams go head-to-head at the City of Salford Stadium having beaten France 44-6 in last week's meeting at New Craven Park.

Steve McNamara's side have been warming up for next year's showpiece tournament that includes games against Australia and New Zealand by playing in the three-nation competition against France and Wales.

Sinfield was chosen by McNamara to lead the team and the experienced campaigner knows England have been giving their all as they build for 2013.

"The World Cup is in the back of everybody's mind and I think we're building for that but, being really honest, our focus is on Sunday's game."
Kevin Sinfield

"I think representing your country is huge," said Sinfield.

"Being given the honour of leading the team has been the biggest moment of my career, without a shadow of doubt, and to have a chance of lifting some silverware at the end of it is not only great for myself and the squad but for English rugby.

"The World Cup is in the back of everybody's mind and I think we're building for that but, being really honest, our focus is on Sunday's game.

"I think the aim of this tournament was to squeeze everything we could out of it in terms of building towards next year and we're not quite there yet."

When Sinfield leads the team in Sunday's final it will be 40 years exactly since the late Clive Sullivan held aloft the World Cup, aspirations the current crop of stars are seeking to emulate.

Great Britain drew 10-10 with Australia in Lyon on November 11, 1972, but were crowned champions by virtue of their 27-21 victory over the Kangaroos in the group stages.

"That group of men are seen as heroes and legends in the game and we now want to emulate what they achieved when the opportunity comes our way next year," said Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

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