Warrington half-back George Williams says leading England out against Fiji on Friday night as captain will be the highlight of his career so far.
The 27-year-old will captain his country for the first time on Friday when England take on Fiji in a World Cup warm-up match in Salford.
“Waney (Shaun Wane, coach) grabbed me and told me and it was an unreal feeling,” Williams said.
“It will be the pinnacle of my career to captain my country.
“It is massive for me and my family and everyone who has helped me along the way, so it is something I will cherish and I’m really looking forward to leading this great group out.
“My family always come watching but it makes it even more special now that I’m captain. It’s mind blowing really.
“It’s beyond dreams. You dream to be a professional rugby player as a kid and England is obviously the main one but to captain England was never on my radar. I’m blown away but really pleased and I can’t wait.”
George Williams previews Fiji
England’s game against Fiji is their only warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.
Shaun Wane’s side get their World Cup campaign underway against Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday, October 15.
“It is the start of our journey,” he said.
“We want to put our best foot forward and run into the Samoa game. We don’t want to be reviewing it and be disappointed with our performance so we’re looking forward to putting a good performance in and starting our journey.
“I’ve not played for four or five weeks now so it will be good to get out there. We’re all looking forward to it and every game for England is important.”