Charnley hopes to keep place

Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley hopes his two-try performance against France will keep him in the England team for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday (England 15/8 – 80 minutes).

Charnley has been the leading try-scorer in the Super League for each of the last two seasons.

The winger scored in England’s opening World Cup game against Australia (1/3 World Cup winners) but Tom Briscoe was preferred by coach Steve McNamara for the following two group games.

But, after being recalled to the side to face France on Saturday night, the 22-year-old scored two tries to help England (8/1 World Cup winners) to a 34-6 victory, taking his total for club and country in 2013 to 46.

“It has been difficult but it’s one of those things,” Charnley said. “I’ve tried but not just been picked.

“The squad has been impressive so it’s been hard to get back in the squad. Hopefully, I have done enough to keep my place.

“If you don’t get picked you have got to try and work hard and try to get the nod. I have tried my hardest for the past two weeks and I got the nod.”

England take on New Zealand (10/3 World Cup winners) at Wembley on Saturday (New Zealand 2/5 – 80 minutes) for a place in the World Cup final the following weekend against either Australia or Fiji.

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