Charnley eager to play for England

Josh Charnley training with England
Josh Charnley training with England

WIGAN winger Josh Charnley says he is doing everything possible to force his way back into the England frame.

The flyer has been left out for their last two matches, with coach Steve McNamara instead preferring Leeds-bound Tom Briscoe on the right flank.

Briscoe has done little wrong and scored two tries in the 42-0 mauling of Ireland, but many have been left surprised that Charnley’s role has been restricted to being a spectator.

He finished the 2013 domestic season with a summer era record 43 tries and added a further touchdown in his sole World Cup match, against Australia in Cardiff on the opening day.

Since then, he has not been seen and with the action turning to the DW Stadium on Saturday, Charnley hopes he can do enough in training to warrant a recall.

He said: “I’m trying my best in training, I’m just not getting the nod.

“(McNamara) is picking the side and they’re performing, I’ve just got to bite my knuckle and keep going.

“Hopefully I’ll get a run out to finish it off, we’ll see if I get picked.”

Charnley said McNamara hadn’t given him any specific pointers to explain why he has been overlooked,

But the 22-year-old Warriors academy product insists there will be no dummy-spits from himself or any of the other players left out.

“It’s international level, these are all international players, you’ve just got to deal with it,” he said. “It’s just one of those things, I’m still young, it’s a learning curve.

“I’m gutted but I’m happy for the lads, they came out all guns blazing (against Fiji).”

Departing Warriors prop Lee Mossop has also yet to figure since the opening day. Mike McIlorum and Liam Farrell figured in the 34-12 victory against Fiji in Hull on Saturday and will be hoping to cling on to their places for the quarter-final – especially with the game being staged in Wigan (kick-off 8pm, BBC2).

Meanwhile, official viewing figures yesterday revealed a peak audience of 2.2m watched England’s final group game against Fiji on the BBC. The match had a 15 per cent share of the total viewing audience across all channels.

The ATP Tennis World Tour Finals on BBC2 at the same time had a 1.2million peak audience, the rugby union England v Argentina international had a peak of 571,000, while the live Premier League football on Sky had a peak of 810,000.