Adrian Morley has admitted that playing for his country has been the pinnacle of his career and is hoping to add to his caps when England face France in the Gillette Fusion International at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday June 12.
The Warrington Wolves prop helped guide England to the Gillette Four Nations Final last year and is hoping that he will be in the thoughts of Steve McNamara ahead of the only international game on home soil this year.
Morley said: “For me personally, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in Rugby League.
“You can win honours as a team, but to represent England or Great Britain is very special and I’m very lucky to have done it for a number of years now.
“It doesn’t get any less special and I’d love to play for England forever, but I know that’s not the case but I’d love another opportunity and if I get the chance, I can’t wait.”
The game sees a repeat of the Gillette Four Nations opener where England recovered from a 12-4 deficit at half-time to win 34-12 and Morley is not underestimating the importance of the game which acts as important build up for the Four Nations Down Under in October.
“It’s important, it’s a Test Match in its own right. It’s not every day you get a chance to represent England,” said Morley.
“So we’re looking for the win first and foremost. But also it’s a stepping stone to the Four Nations later on this year.”
McNamara has shown his intent ahead of the Gillette Fusion International by recalling Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis from Australia and the England veteran believes that having these players are crucial to the success of the national team.
“The game against France is vital in our preparation and I think it’s great that Steve is bringing back the two boys from Australia,” added the former Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters and Bradford Bulls prop.
“We want the strongest team possible to make sure we are well prepared for later on this year and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Steve as a coach and as a bloke. He’s got some very exciting ideas and I’m looking forward to working with him given the chance.”