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O'Loughlin coy on captaincy

Wigan forward Sean O'Loughlin is taking nothing for granted despite being touted as the next England captain.

With Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield stepping down from the role, many see 31-year-old O'Loughlin as the man to lead England on their Four Nations tour of Australia and New Zealand next month.

But O'Loughlin is refusing to lay claim to the position and is instead fully focused on Friday's key Super League clash with Sinfield's Leeds Rhinos.

O'Loughlin said: "It's nice to get your name mentioned but it's not something I'm going to worry myself about too much.

"I've missed out on quite a few internationals over the years so just being involved in playing is the main thing.

"I'm definitely keen to go on the tour. I was lucky enough to go on a few with Great Britain in my early days and I have some great memories.

"To captain your country is the pinnacle of anyone's career but that is a long way off for me at the minute. The next few weeks will determine if I get picked to go on tour.

"If we want to be successful this year, we know we've got to step it up in these last two games," said O'Loughlin, whose Warriors face another top-six team in Warrington in their final league game next Thursday.

"More than where we finish, we want a bit of consistency heading into the play-offs.

"We're out of contention for the shield and we've not been involved in the Challenge Cup final so this is our last chance to win something."