TALKING SPORT - How can Sinfield be named best in the world?

LIONEL Messi was last night named the world’s best player and featured in the world XI. Blimey, you wouldn’t get such common sense in rugby league!

Apparently, Kevin Sinfield is the greatest player in the sport, having been handed the Golden Boot by Brighouse-based Rugby League World magazine.

Even though he didn’t feature in the same magazine’s World XIII the previous month. Even though he didn’t make the Super League DreamTeam. Even though he wasn’t even on the shortlist for the Man of Steel.

I have nothing but admiration for Sinfield. He is a fine player, an astute kicker, a great role model. And it is no insult to say he is not the best player in the world. He was brilliant in guiding Leeds to a Grand Final, but there’s an award for that. It’s called the man of the match.

If being knocked out in a final and getting up to steer his side home qualified a player for the Golden Boot, then perhaps Warrington’s Brett Hodgson – who did the same thing at Wembley – should lodge a complaint.

Yes, Sinfield captained England to victories over Wales and France. But if Kevin Costner was captain, they’d still have won. I almost feel sorry for Sinfield, because he didn’t ask for the Golden Boot. It isn’t Sinfield’s qualities which should be questioned, but rather the baffling selection process of a Yorkshire magazine.

ON an afternoon when Roberto Martinez asked his young players to impress, it was the oldest who kept Latics in the FA Cup.

Roman Golobart rightly took the plaudits for a sparkling debut, but for Mike Pollitt – 41 next month – Wigan would have lost to League One Bournemouth. When they replay next Tuesday, let’s hope some of the other players follow his example.

THE silly season is upon us!

The new year means one thing – the opening of the transfer window.

Some crazy moves have already gone through – the fact Liverpool will continue to pay Joe Cole £50,000-a-week to play somewhere else the most laughable – while others are being circulated.

One report linked James McCarthy with a £5m move to Aston Villa. I don’t know what is most ridiculous, the laughable price tag or his destination to a team seemingly destined for the drop.

WHEN Shaun Wane said the pain of missing out on a final last year had made Wigan hungrier, it wasn’t just nice rhetoric.

At a time when every coach at every club says every player is working hard, it’s difficult at times to tell who’s really putting in the work before the new Super League season.

Not content with a 10-day pre-season camp in Florida, building up fitness and sharpening their skills, Wane shocked the players with a Royal Marines camp late last week to strengthen their mental toughness.

Fans should look forward to seeing the results next month.