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Super League: Castleford Tigers' Michael Shenton delighted at recall

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Michael Shenton: Delighted with England recall

Castleford Tigers’ in-form centre Michael Shenton always hoped he would win an England recall after being selected in coach Steve McNamara's 34-strong training squad.

The 27-year-old won all his previous nine England caps as a Castleford player and says he never gave up on the prospect of returning to the international fold.

Shenton had a three-year spell with St Helens and while he featured in the 2011 Grand Final against Leeds Rhinos, he was unable to add to his international honours during his time at Saints.

This season Daryl Powell’s Tigers are a force to be reckoned with and Shenton has been one of their star performers, culminating in a call from national boss McNamara.

“I always thought I was young enough to get back in,” he said. “Coming back here was a reason for that; to become an important player in a team again. When Ian Millward brought me back, that was one of the goals I set myself.

"If I never got back in then nobody could take away the fact I played for England. The recognition is nice and it's great for Castleford to have three players in the squad. It's recognition of where we're at as a club and how well we're playing."

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Shenton’s last England appearance was against the Kiwis in the 2010 Four Nations Series and he is facing some tough competition ahead of the trip to Australia and New Zealand in October.

In addition to Kallum Watkins (Leeds) and Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), who were England's first-choice centres at the World Cup, the impressive form of Chris Bridge (Warrington) and Dan Sarginson (Wigan) has caught the eye of McNamara and, of course, Brisbane-based Jack Reed is sure to come into contention for the Four Nations after being injured at the end of last season.

"Going on tour is massive," Shenton continued. "It's a special occasion that doesn't happen many times in a player's career. However there's quite a way to go in the season yet and form can dip and rise, so I've got to keep on top of my game.

"You're up against a lot of competition in the centres and that's motivation in itself to play well and improve.

"I'm happy with the recall obviously It doesn't mean too much at the minute but going forward it means I'm in Steve Mac's eyes, which is pleasing and a bit more motivation to finish the season as I started it."

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England name 34-man squad for mid-season camp

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England coach Steve McNamara has named a 34-man squad for the mid-season training camp at Loughborough University from June 15-17 in preparation for the 2014 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand.

The players are drawn from eight First Utility Super League clubs and comprises the nucleus of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad, with the addition of players from the England Knights programme.

McNamara will fly in from his home in Sydney to lead the camp, which he feels is an important part of the national team’s bid to taste international success Down Under this autumn.

“The camp is very important for us and I’m looking forward to working with all the players as a group again,” he said.

“We have made considerable progress over the last few years by getting together at specific stages of the year and this training camp allows us to build on that progress by spending valuable time together.

“It’s been a difficult process putting this squad together because of the sheer number of players who were in contention: there is an enormous amount of talent emerging through the ranks in Super League.

“Many of the players in the squad were with us for the World Cup and there are some great additions to the group who will benefit from being in a camp that will focus everyone’s minds on what we need to do to achieve international success.

“We have widened the net for this camp and the door remains open for every player in Super League: there are a lot of games remaining between now and the end of the season and a lot of opportunities for players to put themselves in contention for selection.”

Of the 34-man squad named today, 25 players will convene at Loughborough on Sunday June 15: the nine Wigan Warriors players are unavailable following the rescheduling of the First Utility Super League Round 2 fixture against Widnes Vikings, which will be played on Wednesday June 18.

The England mid-season training squad is as follows (professional and community clubs in brackets):

Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers, Fryston Warriors)

Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers, Pontefract Lions)

Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers, Upton & Frickley)

Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons, West Bowling)

Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)

Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers)

Joe Westerman (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)

Josh Hodgson (Hull Kingston Rovers, East Hull)

Carl Ablett (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside)

Tom Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)

Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)

Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)

Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)

Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)

Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)

Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes)

James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)

Alex Walmsley (St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic)

Kyle Amor (St Helens, Hensingham)

Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)

Richard Myler (Warrington Wolves, West Bank Bears)

Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)

Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton Knights)

Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves, Waterhead)

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)

Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors, Queens)

Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors, Hemel Stags)

Scott Taylor (Wigan Warriors, Skirlaugh)

Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook)

http://www.englandrl.co.uk/article/37811/england-name-34-man-squad-for
 

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Sam T, the Burgess boys, and Graham. Can't see Jack Reed getting a game. Sarginson's been pretty good for us this season; strong defence and an elusive runner.
 

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Also Mike Wood at St George and Lee Mossop.


Mike Cooper? Uncapped, but might squeeze in the squad. Mossop will probably the there. I suppose we have a surfeit of props and relatively fewer back-rowers: The non-Sam Burgesses are all props really, then there's Chris Hill, Kyle Amor, and James Graham amongst others; we can't fit them all in (assuming Sam B plays at 13, say).
 

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Yes sorry i ment Mike Cooper who is playing good footy. Personally i wouldn't pick Sam B. It was Sam B that missed a crucial one on one tackle against Australia at the world cup that gave the aussies the sniff they needed. That and the fact he has no loyalty to the England league jersey or the players that play in them.
 

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So Sinfield is hanging up his international boots. Who will be England's halves now?

I hope it's Latchford and Widdop. With Matty Smith of Wigan not far behind them. Knowing McBanana, we'll end up with some deadbeat like Myler.
 

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Danny Brough is indeed class. The only thing against him is that his temperament is occasionally suspect; he can get very huffy if things go against him. But I can't imagine he would ever pull on an England shirt now.

As for Shenton, I still have nightmares about him playing the Kangaroos (2008 World Cup?) and being mercilessly shown up in defensive position.

I am prepared to say, though, that he has improved as a player since then. But I'm still not quite convinced that he's any better than Cudjoe and Watkins, who I take it will again be our leading centres.