LEROY CUDJOE won’t celebrate his England call until the Giants have faced Hull KR at Craven Park tomorrow night (8.00).
The 24-year-old looks certain to line up for his country at centre after being named in England’s 20-man squad for next Friday’s Origin clash at Warrington.
The former Newsome Panthers junior is also hoping to be joined in the national side by Huddersfield teammates Eorl Crabtree and Brett Ferres.
But even though Cudjoe is delighted at the prospect of earning his sixth England cap – he was an ever-present in last autumn’s successful Gillette Three Nations campaign against France and Wales – he’s putting his celebrations on hold for the time being.
“It’s great to be picked in the England squad again, and hopefully I’ll get the nod to play,” said Cudjoe, who has been a member of England’s Elite Training Squad for the past two years.
“But before I can think about that there’s another massive Super League game for us at Hull KR. It’s always a tough place to go, and because of the short turn-around there’s not been much chance to think about England.
“As soon as we’d beaten Saints on Monday night, it was a case of getting straight down to preparations for tomorrow. All our focus has been on that.
“We know if we perform like we can, there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win. That’s what we’ve been working towards this week.
“But when tomorrow’s out of the way I can start to think about enjoying my time with England.
“I enjoyed playing in the Exiles game last year, so it’ll be great to play in it again. It’s a proud moment every time I represent my country, so fingers crossed I get the nod.
“And next Friday’s game is also a key part of our preparation for the World Cup in autumn, which means we need a good performance.
“It’ll be a good, intense game and one we’ll all be looking forward to.”
The Exiles squad was announced yesterday, but doesn’t feature a Giants player, with David Faiumu not included as he continues his recovery from a back rib injury.