Matty can make England mark - Wane

Wigan's Matty Smith in action against Hull KR
Wigan's Matty Smith in action against Hull KR

WIGAN Warriors boss Shaun Wane thinks Matty Smith’s performances for Wigan should earn the half back a call-up from England coach Steve McNamara.

Smith joined the Warriors from Salford in July 2012 as a replacement for the departing Tommy Leuluai and has filled the Kiwi’s boots competently.

And Wane thinks the ex-St Helens stalwart, who turned 26 two weeks ago, has the chance to increase his recognition with the number of high profile games ahead of him for Wigan.

“Matty knows he is under pressure to perform every week for me and a knock-on effect of that is that he will get noted by England and Steve McNamara,” said Wane.

“I had a chat to Steve a few weeks ago and I know Steve rates him as a player because he is a class half.”

Smith has played twice for the England Knights but is currently not in the England World Cup squad for the tournament which starts in October.

“If it doesn’t happen in this World Cup it will come later in his career,” asserted Wane.

“Matty has been consistently good for us and he will get his chance.

“He does consistently come up with good performances and I keep telling him if he keeps his head down it will happen.”

There is no time as good as now for Smith to alert McNamara to his abilities as he tries to overtake Castleford’s New Zealand-born Rangi Chase and Warrington’s Richie Myler in the England pecking order.