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Daryl Clark is ready to spur England’s World Cup hopes – by helping to beat them

DARYL Clark believes he has the perfect opportunity to show he can still make England’s World Cup squad – by beating them!

The Warrington hooker insists he’s not surprised he missed out on Shaun Wane’s national squad for Saturday’s clash against the Combined Nations All Stars.

Daryl Clark believes playing for the All Stars can put his England hopes back on track

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Daryl Clark believes playing for the All Stars can put his England hopes back on trackPhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

But when Ellery Hanley called with a chance to represent his Scottish heritage – his grandparents were born north of the border – he jumped at the chance to show he could still make it to the autumn tournament.

Clark said: “My form wasn’t great so I wasn’t too surprised not to be in the England squad.

“It’s no surprise my form wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I know I have to improve a lot this year and I hope I can show that.

“There’s still time before the World Cup and my goal is to reverse my form at Warrington and be in frame.

“I spoke to Shaun Wane on Monday and I wasn’t in his plans for this week so Ellery gave me the opportunity to play an international game and show what I can do.

“Ellery was very interested in me playing. I explained my situation to him, that I want to be in this World Cup squad at the end of the season.

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“He thought it would be a good opportunity to play at international level, hopefully play well and get myself back in the picture.

“The plan is to show Shaun what I can do. This is the only international game here this year. I may be on the other side but it’s still an international game and a chance to prove myself at this level.”

Clark has shown glimpses of his class in what has been a terrible season for Warrington so far and the 29-year-old admits it’s good to get away from club play, even if the game is at the Home of Wolves.

He meets Michael McIlorum in his first appearance for his birthplace in nine years, while Paul McShane is also there.

Clark admits his form wasn't good enough for an England call

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Clark admits his form wasn’t good enough for an England callPhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

There’s also James Roby when he comes out of international retirement, injured NRL star Josh Hodgson, Wigan’s Sam Powell and Leeds’ Kruise Leeming – who is also in the All Stars squad.

But the riches that Wane has to choose from in the role of number nine only propel Clark further.

He added: “It was a surprise that Micky was picked because he wasn’t originally in the squad but given his form it wasn’t a surprise.

“The Catalans have played well in recent years and he has a big part in it.

Clark's skills are undeniable

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Clark’s skills are undeniablePhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

“Micky is playing some good stuff at the moment but it’s not good for me! There are another nine fighting for the same position.

“It’s always good to keep yourself on your toes when there’s more competition for your position. It’s a shame for me that there are so many good nines knocking for England at the moment.

“But competition is always good because it means I have to be at the top of my game if I want to compete – I accept it with open arms.”

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