Lockyer - We can be beaten
Australia captain Darren Lockyer is under no illusion that the Kangaroos are unbeatable ahead of the Four Nations final.
Last Updated: 16/11/11 1:26pm
Australia captain Darren Lockyer is under no illusion that the Kangaroos are unbeatable ahead of the Four Nations final on Saturday.
Lockyer's side will go into the clash with England at Elland Road as big favourites to regain the title they last won at the same venue two years ago.
And while Australia have won the tournament four out of the six times it has been held in its current format and under the previous Tri Nations guise, England or Great Britain are yet to take a title in either competition.
Lockyer will be playing in his last rugby league game before retirement but says he is not taking a farewell victory for granted.
"In every game you fear failure," the 34-year-old stand-off said. "We will just prepare as well as we can this week and give it our best performance on Saturday. That's all you can do, the outcome looks after itself.
"You've got to be prepared for defeat as well, because there's a chance of that happening."
England were beaten by the Kangaroos during the group stage but Lockyer still believes the host nation are in good form and will be a real danger in Leeds.
He added: "I can tell from an outsider looking in that they're very focused at the moment. They look like they're doing a lot of things right and they believe in themselves.
"It's a committed team and they're playing in front of their home crowd so that is going to make it very difficult for us."
Despite the fact that the match will mark the end of his own illustrious career, Lockyer says there is no danger of him being distracted in the build-up to the game.
He said: "I've had a bit of practice with the last game thing back home in Australia at Origin level and club level.
"With every game the focus has always been the footie not the fact that it's my last game.
"Because of what's at stake on Saturday it allows you to distance yourself from the emotion - it's more about the focus on the footie."