Whitehead: Play like it's your last game

Elliott Whitehead is set to make his 20th appearance for England at Elland Road this weekend, as his side look to complete a 3-0 victory over New Zealand in the Autumn International Series.

The Canberra Raiders star is preparing for the final test of the series and believes a win on Sunday is great preparation for the 2021 World Cup.

"We're going to prepare well, like we have done for the past two weeks. Hopefully, we can go there and put a performance in and come away with a win.

"I think the 2021 World Cup is the main focus, winning this test and this game at the weekend is another step towards it.

"We all have belief in each other, and we all work hard for one another, nobody wants to let anyone down.

"When it comes to the last ten minutes, we know what we're capable of doing and we've showed that over the last two years," said Whitehead.

The 29-year-old will collect his 20th cap for the England side, a milestone which will see a bronze lion embroidered onto his match jersey this weekend.

Whitehead added: "It'll be nice to get the bronze lion on my jersey this week. I'm grateful to get in that group, hopefully there's a lot more caps to come after this one.

"I always play as if it's my first game because you never know when it's going to be your last game."

The former Bradford Bulls second-rower has been in fine form has been recognised by Rugby League International Federation as he has been nominated for the 2018 Golden Boot alongside; England team mate, Tommy Makinson, New Zealand captain, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Australian full-back James Tedesco.

"It's an honour to be on the shortlist, there's some quality players on there, just to be noticed for what I've done over the year at international level is a great achievement," said Whitehead.

This article first appeared on rugby-league.com