Farrell still pinching himself

Liam Farrell celebrates
Liam Farrell celebrates

LIAM Farrell has just completed one of the most hectic and bizarre weeks of his life – but he’s not complaining!

Last Saturday morning he was preparing for his second Grand Final appearance.

Since then, he has won a Super League championship, celebrated, and flown to South Africa to link up with the rest of the England squad for a World Cup training camp.

And despite his strong performances in a season when the Warriors have marched to a league and Cup double, he insists he was surprised to get a call from coach Steve McNamara.

“We had 36 hours to celebrate the Grand Final, and then it was on the plane to South Africa, but I’m not complaining,” he said.

“I was over the moon when I got the call. I wasn’t expecting to get in there at all.

“I don’t care what anyone says, I never expected it.

“People asked me bout it during the season, and I said ‘If I get picked I get picked’ but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”

Farrell made the England squad last season and figured in a season whitewash against France and Wales, but conceded: “I was in last year when a few dropped out or were rested.

“This year it’s all go – it’s a World Cup – everyone wants to be involved and this time I feel like I’ve earned it.”

England return home next week ahead of a friendly against Italy, and Farrell is making the most of this experience.

“To get to be in the squad with the Burgess boys and James Graham, and train alongside them, is outstanding, hopefully I get a chance to play alongside them too,” he said. England are the bookmakers’ third favourites to win the trophy after Australia and New Zealand, but Farrell says he and the rest of the Wigan players involved – Sean O’Loughlin, Josh Charnley, Mike McIlorum and departing duo Lee Mossop and Sam Tomkins – will take encouragement from the club’s finish to the season.

“People wrote us off at Wigan, and we proved them wrong,” he said.

“With England there are a lot of people in the squad who could win us the World Cup – we just have to perform as we know we can.”