Mossop ready for French

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LEE Mossop insists motivation will not be a problem in today’s Test against France – despite it being a dead-rubber fixture.

This afternoon’s BBC-televised match is nothing but a dress-rehearsal for the final of this autumn international series between the same teams next week.

But Mossop is confident fans will see the real deal from England at Hull’s Craven Park.

Asked how the players would motivate themselves for a dead-rubber contest, he said: “That’s easy. This is Test rugby league – if you’re not playing well you’re not in the team. It’s as simple as that.

“There are too many good players not in the side, so the last thing you can do is not play well.

“Everyone is fighting for positions and we’re all aware that Steve (McNamara) has other players he can pick.

“Getting motivated won’t be a problem at all.”

England stormed to an 80-12 victory against Wales in their opening contest but prop Mossop – who is one of six Wigan players in the frame to play – expects a fiercer challenge from the French.

“No disrespect to Wales but France are going to be tougher,” he said.

“We’ve seen how well Catalan have gone this year and they provide the bulk of the (French) squad so we know it’s going to be a tough ask.”

Despite Wales’ limp display Mossop says they need to persevere with fixtures between the sides.

“Everyone wants the same thing – stronger competition between the countries – and that’s only going to happen from playing each other and developing the game down there.”