Latrell Mitchell's huge England callout after World Cup triumph
Latrell Mitchell has called for England to step up and come challenge Australia back at home after the Kangaroos defeated Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup final.
The Kangaroos won their third straight World Cup title after a comfortable 30-10 victory over their Pacific rivals in the tournament decider at Old Trafford.
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Mitchell scored two tries and played a huge role in Australia's domination in the tournament's penultimate game.
However, many were left disappointed when host's England didn't make their home World Cup final after losing to Samoa in a thriller.
This robbed home fans of a showdown with old enemy Australia.
Remarkably, the only two nations with fully-professional competitions have met just twice outside of World Cups in the last nine years.
But Mitchell urged England, who were deprived of a place in a home final after a 27-26 defeat to Samoa, to tour Australia in 2023.
"England has got to come to us now," Mitchell said.
"We will take them on in Australia, 100 per cent.
"England come to Oz and play there, absolutely."
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Australia entered the competition as favourites, despite sitting at World No.4 in the rankings.
There toughest game was a 14-10 victory over New Zealand in the semi-final.
However, the victory should reinstate the Kangaroos at the top of the mountain.
And Mitchell sent out a warning to Australia's rivals for any future competitions.
"We are ranked No.1 now," he said. "We should have been all along and we proved why - and we are going to keep proving it for the next couple of years.
"Hopefully with a few more games under my belt (I can continue to) represent Australia with pride.
"We are here for a long while and there are a few young lads coming through and it's great to see them being able to achieve their dreams."
Mitchell has endured a long year, which saw him injured at the beginning of the NRL season, before missing out on this year's State of Origin series.
However, the Rabbitohs star said he could now "retire happy" after ending a tumultuous year.
"I want to get back to my kids, my farm," he said.
"I was a country kid from Taree and my dad gave me the kick up the arse to get out there and make something of myself.
"It's all worth it now, I get to hold the medal and put the jersey on my wall and be proud of this. I can retire happy now."
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