Kevin Sinfield tells Boots 'n' All England have plenty of leaders
Kevin Sinfield told Boots a win over the Exiles would significantly boost England's Word Cup chances.
Last Updated: 16/10/13 8:27am
Steve McNamara's charges will battle the Exiles - a team made up of Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Island players contracted to Super League clubs - at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14 in their final clash before the 2013 World Cup.
England traded victories with their Antipodean rivals last summer, but have subsequently won three Test matches in a row - one against Wales and two against France.
And captain Sinfield thinks another triumph would set the hosts up perfectly for this autumn's showpiece competition.
"We want a competitive fixture and we want to test ourselves and see what we get out of it," said the Leeds Rhinos star, who made his international debut in 2000.
"There is nothing better than getting out there and playing; you can do all the training you want to do, but we will get the most from being tested out on the field.
"We have won three test matches in a row and it would be great to get another one against the Exiles and be unbeaten in 12 months.
"It would give us confidence and we would then be in a really good position going into the World Cup.
Sinfield says England, who finished third in the 2008 World Cup in Australia, now have greater strength in depth, while he also reckons the leadership qualities that permeate the squad gives the team a terrific chance of being successful.
"The pool of players available to Steve [McNamara] is getting bigger all the time and I'm sure some guys will get an opportunity against the Exiles," said the 32-year-old loose forward.
"To represent your country you have to show attributes of being a great leader, whether you are an 18-year-old kid on debut or have been around the block like Adrian Morley.
"But thankfully our side is full of leaders now, particularly in the front row, and people who know how to get the best out of themselves; we really do have a great mix of characters at the moment.
"All we have to do is play well - and that's the challenge for all of us."
Hit the video at the top of the screen to watch our extended interview with Sinfield.