Charnley targets Wales

Josh Charnley
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BIRTHDAY boy Josh Charnley is hoping to get the green-light to unlock Wales’ defence – just a day after being handed the key to the door!

The try-scoring machine turned 21 today and is waiting to see if Steve McNamara delivers him the best possible gift – a place in the England side for tomorrow’s showdown in Wrexham.

Leeds’ Ryan Hall would appear nailed on for one spot after another sparkling season which saw him named as the world’s best winger – which leaves Wigan flyer Charnley in a duel with Hull FC’s flyer Tom Briscoe for the other role.

Charnley, who scored 31 tries in Super League last term, recognises England are expected to win this autumn series but said: “This is a big tournament for me, there are some good wingers in there and I want to cement my place in the England side – and hopefully I can do that.

“I’ve got to work hard and carry on doing what I’ve been doing for Wigan for the last two seasons.”

Charnley is one of seven Wigan players in the England squad.

And he reckons Darrell Goulding was unlucky to miss out.

“He’s been one of our best players this season and hopefully he’ll get a chance next year,” he added.

Meanwhile, Jack Hughes and new-boy Scott Taylor are in the Knights squad to face Scotland on Sunday.