Charnley prepared to fight for place against France

Charnley scoring in England's 28-20 defeat against Australia. ©Alex Whitehead/SWpix
Charnley scoring in England’s 28-20 defeat to Australia. ©Alex Whitehead/

Josh Charnley is itching to be selected for England’s World Cup quarter-final clash against France this Saturday, which is being played at his home ground.

The Wigan winger missed both the Ireland and Fiji matches due to a shoulder injury and realises he has a lot of work to do to get his place back after strong performances from Tom Briscoe and Ryan Hall.

“The strength of the squad is very good,” said Charnley. “Everyone wants to play so we are all fighting for spots and, if anything, it helps us play better as individuals.

“I have got to train hard this week to get the nod because Tom Briscoe and Ryan Hall have been good. There is a lot of competition in the squad, but if I do get to start it will be exciting to play at Wigan for the last time this year.

“I still want to play, but having the break is not too bad. My shoulder injury is something I have had for a while, so it is not too bad now but it is better to rest it up though.

“I am comfortable and I am alright playing with it. I get an injection before games but over the last couple of weeks I have been able to rest it up a bit more and it is feeling miles better.”

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