Jake Connor opens up on England’s aspirations, discusses Shaun Wane’s snob
Jake Connor still has high hopes of making his way into Shaun Wane’s English fold in time for next year’s World Cup.
The Hull FC the full-back was a member of the international squad under former coach Wayne Bennett, winning five caps for England and three for Great Britain.
However, he has struggled for international recognition since Wane took the job in early 2020 with the former Wigan man constantly towering over Connor, despite many teams being nominated since taking office.
The 26-year-old actually played against England for the Combined Nations All Stars in June, but he still hopes to be involved in the World Cup after seeing the competition postponed for a year.
“I think it’s still [the aim] for any English player, âConnor said of his international goals and next year’s World Cup.
“You only get that call-up if you play well throughout the season and when people say they don’t really focus on that, they actually mean it because if you don’t play well at the level of the club, you are not being selected internationally.
âI know I just need to be consistent again next year and I hope that call-up comes.
âI think it all helps the season get back to normal and obviously I’ll have another season behind and that can only get better along the way. It’s always on your mind, I just need to keep playing well and I hope that will come.
âIf not, I just have to keep working hard and if I’m not chosen then there’s nothing you can do, it’s just one of them.
âObviously, the goal is to do well and get a call-up. “
Wane is set to name his squad for the October test against France soon and Connor will be keeping his fingers crossed that his impressive year has not gone unnoticed.
However, despite being one of the most influential players in the competition this year, any communication from the England boss has been kept to a minimum.
“Not really no,” he said when asked if Wane had been in touch to discuss what he needed to do to break into the international fold.
âIt’s tough, I’m a coach myself and if I have the brain of a coach, then that’s the direction you want to go and the way you want to play.
âIt’s out of my hands and if he wants to play in a different way that doesn’t suit my style, then there’s really not much you can do.
âI don’t really know what to say about this. I just have to keep playing well and that’s all I can do.