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Kevin Sinfield says that although England have some tough World Cup matches ahead of him, they are ready to “roll their sleeves up” and battle their way through the tournament.
Steve McNamara’s men narrowly lost 28-20 to Australia in Saturday’s opening match but produced a superb performance, battling the Kangaroos all the way to restore some of their pride following last weekend’s shock defeat to Italy.
However, despite all the positives that can be taken from the display, the defeat means England will now have to do it the hard way if they are to make the final, with them now looking set to meet holders New Zealand in the last four.
Before that though they need to overcome a number of obstacles, with matches against Ireland and Fiji still to come in the pool stages before they can guarantee their place in the knockout stages.
Captain Sinfield is looking forward to the challenge though and says everyone in the camp is ready to fight for their country’s place in the tournament.
“Whichever route we go on in this tournament there are going to be obstacles in our way,” the skipper said after the match. “We are ready to roll our sleeves up and work as hard as we can, and hopefully get the result next week.
“We’ve got a fantastic group, not only the players, but the staff. We have worked very hard for this. We have been beaten today, but we certainly won’t throw the towel in.
“There are some tough games in front of us, but we are ready to rip into training again and make sure we turn up again next Saturday.”