Leeds centre Harry Newman was inspired by words from Gareth Southgate during his visit to the England training camp.
The England football manager was a guest speaker at England’s meet-up earlier this month. It was their first get-together of the year.
Newman is in a 30-strong Super League-based squad chosen by Wane to prepare for the World Cup which starts on October 15.
Harry Newman discusses experience with Gareth Southgate
“Obviously it’s great having someone like Gareth in to speak to us boys leading up to a home World Cup,” Newman said.
“He’s experienced a massive competition in this country with the Euros and got to a semi-final of the World Cup.
“To listen to someone like that and learn from him what we need to do week in and week out to make sure we’re involved in the World Cup… like he said, it’s a massive opportunity for us to do what no one has done before.
“This group of players is going to be together probably for this time only. That was the main thing he said. Players have come before and players will come after but it’s about the here-and-now, about the sun shining down on us.”
The 22-year-old returned to action earlier this year, making his comeback from a hamstring injury against Wakefield. However, he was forced from the field 50 minutes in with the same injury.
“It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I did my hamstring in pre-season which put me out for six to eight weeks.
“I came back for 50 minutes and it went again. So I had surgery and I should be back in about 12 weeks’ time. I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”