Mossop’s mission

France's Damien Cardace loses his shirt as he is tackled by England's Lee Mossop at Craven Park

France's Damien Cardace loses his shirt as he is tackled by England's Lee Mossop at Craven Park

0
Have your say

LEE Mossop is hoping to cling on to his starting spot as England aim to tie up the Autumn Series this weekend.

England take on France in the final of the fledgling international tournament at the City of Salford Stadium.

After convincing round-robin victories over Wales and the French, when England ran in a total of 124 points, the hosts are expected to see off France again on Sunday to lift the trophy.

The competition has been widely criticised by critics, with former GB star Garry Schofield claiming it will do more harm than good.

But the England squad have shown nothing but respect for the concept, as shown by the level of their performances.

Mossop admits he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time away with the national squad – and hopes to be given the opportunity to finish the job in the decider.

“I was over the moon to get the start last week,” Mossop said.

“It was my first one, and it’s up to me to keep hold of that place.

“Whether you start or you’re on the bench, you probably play an identical amount of minutes.

“But you want to get the first crack at them and set the platform for the team.”