Tomkins: Concentration is key to England success

Sam Tomkins believes an improvement in concentration is vital for England if they are serious about making it to the World Cup final.

The 24-year-old, who was making his final appearance at Wigan’s DW Stadium for ‘a number of years’ in Saturday’s quarter-final, said: “The important thing was getting a win and giving ourselves a crack at next week [the semi-final against New Zealand] but we have to be honest with ourselves and that performance wasn’t good enough.

“There is a lot to work on, we need to improve our concentration. Errors and penalties are going to happen but we weren’t quite good enough in our reaction to them.

“We’ll need an 80 minute performance to beat the Kiwis. We got the win and that was the important thing even though we were average, at best.”

New-Zealand-bound Tomkins said his last game at the DW Stadium – his home ground with Wigan – ‘wasn’t too emotional’.

“I’ve already said my goodbyes to the club and it was nice to be able to run out there again.

“As I walked off I realised it was definitely the last time I’d be here for a number of years, at least. It wasn’t an ideal way to end sitting on the bench but hopefully I’ll not be remembered here for the last seven minutes in the sin bin.”