Wardle backed for England call-up by team-mate

Huddersfield halfback Luke Robinson believes Steve McNamara should be considering picking Joe Wardle for England.

The 22-year-old centre has already been capped by Scotland, but Robinson believes that the Halifax-born player could add quality to the England ranks.

“You kind of forget just how young Joe is,” Robinson told Love Rugby League.

“He seems to play the game so aggressively and so hard.

“I’ll be honest, I know he’s played for Scotland, but I’d be pushing him for England honours.

“I think if Steve McNamara has been watching, then he’ll have have seen how hard Joe defends and runs the ball.

“He’s been one of our best players so far this year, and one of the most consistent.

“The England selectors have got to be taking notice and start looking out for him.”

Another three-quarter who has impressed Robinson is Castleford winger Justin Carney, who scored a great try in his team’s weekend defeat to the Giants.

“He’s a handful! He’s a cannonball. He got a try here, bumping a few of us off down that right hand side. He’s a handful,” said Robinson.

“I think Jermaine McGilvary did a great job on him second-half. He got up in his face. You have to get up quickly and stop his momentum.”

Castleford, meanwhile, continue to turn in some high-quality performances, with Robinson believing that Huddersfield had managed to defeat one of Super League‘s top teams this season.

“I’m very impressed with them. I was class mates with Liam Finn, we went to school together,” The Giants scrum-half explained.

“I speak to him on a regular basis. It’s a bit of a sleeping giant, Castleford, it’s a town that’s obsessed with rugby league.

“They’ve got some good young lads. We’ve turned over a very good side here. 

“That’s a three-game winning streak for us now.”

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