England coach Bennett focused on World Cup final not future

Wayne Bennett has given no thoughts as to whether he will continue as England head coach beyond Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against Australia.

The Australian took over as England boss in February 2016, combining the role with his post at NRL side Brisbane Broncos, and has led the team to a first World Cup final in 22 years.

Bennett's contract with England comes to an end after the tournament, but for now the focus is solely on attempting to take down favourites Australia in Brisbane.

"I haven't thought. I just want to get to Saturday night," he said.

"We've a big game coming and that's my priority."

England are seeking to win the World Cup for the first time, with the previous three successes for the home nations coming as Great Britain.

And Bennett says the lure of the job was putting England on a higher competitive standing.

"[I took the job] because I wanted to be in this World Cup, in Australia. I wanted England to be hopefully more competitive, I wanted them to be where we are today I suppose," he added.

"That's what I thought, that it would add a great deal of interest to it all if we could get England back to that place where they should be and hopefully they can stay there."

"They're an outstanding group of men. I've said it before. They're not hard to coach, it's not hard to be part of their lives, it's been a lot of fun away from home.

"Their total behaviour on and off the field has surprised me in the sense that they're so disciplined. I've not had one player late.

"I've not had one occasion where I've had to talk to a player about his behaviour or about his lack of respect for someone or whatever. It's a credit to them all.

"They're all very close, very compatible with each other, they look after each other and pull each other into line, which is the way it should be. No one gets out of line because of the respect they have for each other."

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