Whitehead honoured to be up for Golden Boot

England’s star second-row Elliott Whitehead is honoured to be on the Golden Boot shortlist.

The Canberra Raider is one of four on the final shortlist which contains Tommy Makinson (England), Dallin Watene Zelezniak (New Zealand) and James Tedesco (Australia). The winner will be announced tonight at a dinner at Elland Road in Leeds.

“It’s an honour to be on the shortlist,” said Whitehead.

“There are some quality players there: Tommy, (James) Tedesco and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Just to be noticed for what I’ve done over the year at international level is a great achievement. We’ll have to see how it goes tonight.

Meanwhile, the former Bradford Bulls star is keen to send a message to the world with a third and whitewashing victory for England over New Zealand on Sunday.

“It’ll send a strong message,” Whitehead continued.

“We’ve still got a little way to go and we’re going to work hard to get there. 2021 World Cup is our main focus and winning this game at the weekend is another step towards it.

“We’re going to prepare well as we have for the last two weeks. Hopefully, we can go there and put a good performance in and come away with a win.