Lee Mossop on his ambitions to represent England at this year’s World Cup

Drew Darbyshire

Salford captain Lee Mossop says he would love nothing more than to be involved with England at the World Cup this autumn.

The 32-year-old prop, who has helped the Red Devils reach the Challenge Cup final and Super League Grand Final in the last two years, has won five caps for England.

Mossop’s last appearance for his country came in the 2013 World Cup but is aiming for a big 2021 for club and country.

He said: “The last couple of seasons I’ve been more vocal about it, I played in the 2013 World Cup and that was probably my best season as a player.

“I won the double with Wigan, signed an NRL contract and played in the World Cup and then I had a pretty swift fall from grace.

“I had some horrible shoulder injuries and I went from the top to the very, very bottom and I struggled for form for a few years.

“I feel in the last couple of seasons, in my opinion, I’m playing better than I did when I was picked in 2013.

“I feel I’m getting to the back end of my career now and I would want nothing more than to get back in to that international set-up and hopefully I can push for that this year.”

Salford are entering a new era under the leadership of new head coach Richard Marshall, and Mossop is excited by where his side can go.

He added: “It is good that we’ve had a longer pre-season than we normally have.

“With Rich coming in, he’s had his new ideas and philosophies that he wants to put into us so obviously having that extra time has helped him a lot and we’ve had a bit of a change around in players as well. There is a lot of personnel coming in as well and I think the extra time has helped us gel together as a team. Everyone is just ready to get going and get playing.”

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