Thurston targets spectacular England farewell

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Johnathan Thurston is ready to sign off in England "with a bang" by inspiring Australia to victory in the Four Nations final against New Zealand on Sunday.

The talismanic half-back has revealed that the showdown with the defending champions on Merseyside will be the last time he showcases his outstanding talents in England.

North Queensland Cowboys captain Thurston has won the World Cup, two Four Nations titles and a World Club Challenge in the country where rugby league originated.

The 33-year-old has relished playing in some huge games in England over the years and is eager to turn on the style one last time this weekend.

"When I retire, I'll know that I can sit back and look back with happiness at what I've achieved in England," the playmaker said. "I've really enjoyed myself every time I've played in this country,

"I've had so many special memories to cherish from playing in front of the English fans, who are just incredible. It's completely different from back home, they sing all game and it's quite a hostile environment to play in - I love that.

"I think this will be the last time I play in this country - in fact, I know so. My goal is to play in the World Cup next year but I want to go out in this country with a bang.

"I've never lost a game in this country and some of my fondest memories in the green and gold have been in England."

Thurston said representing his country is still as special as he eyes yet another title at the expense of the Kiwis.

"There's no doubting that State of Origin is special but representing your country is the pinnacle of any sport, without doubt." he added.

"I still get chills every time I see that jersey in the locker room that I get to pull on.

"It has so much history attached to it and as a playing group we're trying to leave a legacy - starting this Sunday."