“I was spewing and devastated,” Houhgton told The Hull Daily Mail.
“I’m still stinging a little bit but that’s the nature of the game and the position. The hooking role is a prized asset.
“There are some great nines out there. The two players in there will do a great job anyway.
“It’s [playing for England] something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ll do my best again next year and try and force my way in.”