Kevin Sinfield is not taking his England place for granted

Last Updated: 03/06/13 5:02pm

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Kevin Sinfield: Not taking his England place for granted

Kevin Sinfield: Not taking his England place for granted

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Kevin Sinfield is not taking his England place for granted as coach Steve McNamara prepares to announce his squad to face the Exiles later this month.

McNamara will name his selections on Tuesday for the annual mid-season clash with the cream of Super League-based Antipodeans at Warrington on Friday week and Sinfield is expected to be confirmed as captain and stand-off.

But the Leeds skipper insists he will be waiting as nervously as the rest of the 30-strong elite training squad members for news from the national coach.

"It's an exciting time for England rugby and there's obviously a huge challenge against the Exiles."
Sinfield on England

"I'll await a phone call like everybody else," Sinfield said. "Fingers crossed, I'll be involved.

"It's an exciting time for England rugby and there's obviously a huge challenge against the Exiles."

Experiment

Former England coach John Kear has called on McNamara to use the mid-season fixture as an experiment to look at in-form players from outside his current squad like Huddersfield stand-off Danny Brough and Hull pair Tom Lineham and Ben Crooks.

But McNamara looks certain to name his strongest available team from within his current squad and Sinfield, who is set to captain England in the end-of-year World Cup, backs his policy.

"I can certainly see the benefits of having an experimental line-up but I'm not sure about in World Cup year," Sinfield said.

"The camps we've had have been brilliant but there is no better test to see where we're at as a team than to get out and play. The fixture against the Exiles is huge."

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