Graham - We can do it

England skipper firmly focused on victory against Australia

Last Updated: 30/10/10 4:03pm

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Graham: Focused on win

Graham: Focused on win

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England captain James Graham has stated that his side have not even contemplated the consequences of a defeat to Australia on Sunday.

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"We've not considered what will happen if we lose, we're just thinking about winning this game."
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If England are beaten by the Kangaroos at AAMI Park they will be certain of an early exit from this year's Four Nations Series.

A 24-10 loss to New Zealand in their opening match means they have been forced into a daunting must-win situation against the pre-tournament favourites.

But Graham, who was handed the captaincy after an injury to Adrian Morley, insists the team still believe that they can cause a major upset in Melbourne.

"All our focus is on winning. We've not considered what will happen if we lose, we're just thinking about winning this game," the St Helens prop said.


Coach Steve McNamara has made several changes for the crucial clash, naming three uncapped players in his 17-man squad and reshuffling much of the rest of his side.

"This group of players is very young and with that comes some inexperience but there is no fear whatsoever," McNamara said.

"There is no previous history for a lot of these people. We all understand the importance of the game in terms of going further in the tournament but, if we start worrying too much about the result at this stage, it will affect our performance.

"We know we need every member of the team to bring their A game but we don't want to put any undue pressure on ourselves."

One of the new faces is Huddersfield hooker Shaun Lunt, who will make his England debut should he come off the bench on Sunday.


But the 23-year-old is determined not to let the pressure get to him and insist he will be unfazed by the quality in the Australia side.

"The Aussies won't know who I am. Hopefully I can give them a shock," Lunt said.

He added: "A lot of people say you are playing against Cameron Smith, one of the so-called best hookers in the world, but in my view I have played against the best hooker in the world in Keiron Cunningham," said Lunt.

"That's no disrespect to Cameron but I am not going to go in awe of anyone I have watched over the years. I am going to go in and play my game. I have deserved to be here so I am going to take my chance.

"You have got to respect these guys as rugby players but you can't go out there and give them an easy run-in. I will give them respect but not that much respect."

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