KEVIN BROWN admits it will be a dream come true when he makes his expected England debut against France at Leigh on Saturday.
While Giants teammate Shaun Lunt has been released by new national coach Steve McNamara to play for Huddersfield in tomorrow’s Super League clash at St Helens, the 25-year-old half-back remains firmly in the frame to play in the Gillette Fusion Test after being drafted in to cover for the injured Kyle Eastmond and Danny McGuire.
Although Brown’s position in the England side has yet to be confirmed, he is confident he will get the nod off McNamara to start at half-back alongside Wigan’s Sam Tomkins.
The pair have been training together all week, with the Giants’ influential playmaker believing he is more than ready to step onto the national stage.
“It’s been a boyhood dream of mine to play for England,” said Brown.
“And there’s no question it would be the biggest achievement of my career so far.
“I’ve played in Cup finals before, which is obviously something very special, but never played for my country.
“Hopefully, that will all change this weekend, and if it does it’s going to be an incredible experience to step out onto the field.
“We’re hoping the team is going to be confirmed some time today, but I am very hopeful I’ll be playing.
“I’ve been working alongside Sam at half-back in training, and it’s been going really well.
“So I’d like to think that’s where I’ll be starting at the weekend.
“If it did, it would be amazing.
“And I also believe I’m ready. Although I was called up into the England squad a couple of years ago, I believe my form now is better than it’s ever been.
“I believe I’ve been very consistent all year, and I feel stronger and fitter than ever. That’s given me a lot of confidence ahead of this game. I know I can do well for England.”