Hastings interested in playing for England

Salford half-back Jackson Hastings says he will put his hand up for England if selected, but admits he faces tough competition.

The 23-year-old qualifies through his English grandmother and there have been calls for Wayne Bennett to consider him for a call-up.

Hastings signed for the Red Devils in July last year and signed a one-year deal with the club in October after guiding them to Super League survival.

Speaking to 5 live’s Rugby League podcast, the former Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles playmaker said he is definitely open to playing for England.

“It’s a decision I have to make. I have to sit down and think about that seriously. I am eligible to play,” Hastings said.

“But getting picked is another thing. The England side has been proving its worth in the last couple of years. They were outstanding against New Zealand and the World Cup final the year before.

“If the England selectors think that I can play for England, I’ll definitely be open to throwing my hat on the rack for sure.”

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