Lure of Four Nations convinces Wardle he made right decision in choosing Scotland

HUDDERSFIELD Giants centre Joe Wardle insists he has had no regrets turning his back on a potential international career with England.

Huddersfield Giants' Scotland international, Joe Wardle.

He plays for Scotland against France tomorrow night hoping to secure the solitary point they require to win a maiden European Championship title and, with it, earn qualification to play in the 2016 Four Nations.

Halifax-born Wardle has returned to the Bravehearts camp for the first time since 2010 having missed two campaigns through injury – including last year’s World Cup – and also trying his arm with England Knights.

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Rated one of the best centres in Super League, and still aged just 23, the ex-Bradford Bulls player could conceivably have tried pushing for a full call-up with the country of his berth.

However, after helping Scotland to wins over Wales and Ireland, he said: “It’s outstanding being back playing for Scotland again. I love it. We have such a good laugh and have a great team.

“Winning the European Championship would almost make up for missing the World Cup last year. It would be amazing give us the chance to play against England, Australia and New Zealand. We can do the country proud.”

Scotland defeated Wales 42-18 and then beat Ireland 25-4 to leave them in pole position.

Ex-Castleford Tigers and Hull KR prop Jonathan Walker returns from suspension to take the place of Joe McClean and uncapped London Broncos centre Harvey Burnett replaces the injured Brett Phillips.

“I think France will be similar to the Ireland game rather than the Wales one,” added Wardle.

“They’re quite a niggly side so we’ll have to get stuck in and keep with them, try to break them down and get on top eventually.

“If we play like we did in Ireland in the second half, be patient, we are with a chance.”