Sinfield keen to stick with England

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28th January 2014

Kevin Sinfield wants to continue playing for England, the Leeds Rhinos skipper has revealed.

The 33-year-old stand-off is also keen to retain the captaincy for the end-of-season Four Nations Series, which is due to be held in the southern hemisphere.

Speaking publicly for the first time since England's heart-breaking World Cup semi-final defeat by New Zealand last November, Sinfield welcomed the reappointment of Steve McNamara as head coach.

Sinfield, who took over the England captaincy from Leeds team-mate Jamie Peacock in the summer of 2012, said at the Rhinos' pre-season media day that he never had any intention of stepping down.

"I got asked the question about whether I'd retire within minutes of coming out of the dressing room (at Wembley in November) and at that minute I didn't want to talk about rugby," he said.

"It was an easy way to answer it but, if Steve feels I can do a job, I'm certainly available.

"To represent your country is the highest honour you can achieve."

Sinfield is now expected to get the nod to continue as captain, although he is not taking his reappointment for granted.

"We'll see what happens with Steve," he added. "I think it was important he kept the job. I thought he did a fantastic job over the last three years.

"We had quite a big turnaround of senior players in that time and I think there is a new group of leaders emerging in that team."

Sinfield was 20 seconds away from getting the chance to lead England out in the World Cup final but he says he has come to terms with Shaun Johnson's last-gasp try that won the game for New Zealand.

"We weren't that far off but the reality is we got beat and that last 20 seconds hurt," he said. "We crack on and face the next challenge.

"I think you've got to be able to put it into proportion - nobody got killed.

"As sportsmen, you hate people saying to you 'it's only a game' but, when it comes down to it, it is only a game. Although it hurts so much, you've got to move forward."

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