Hull FC's Danny Houghton eyes 2013 World Cup
ENGLAND Knights captain Danny Houghton says he's determined to seize his chance and put his name in the hat for a place at next year's World Cup.
The Hull FC hooker has been named captain of the Keiron Purtill's Knights team for the forthcoming Alitalia Cup games against Ireland and Scotland at the end of the month.
Succeeding Hull team-mate Joe Westerman as captain of the England development side, Houghton says he's relishing the opportunity given to him and a chance to captain for the first time since leading Hull's Under-21s side to a Grand Final success five years ago.
With next year's World Cup in England in his thoughts, Houghton believes he has a great chance in the next two matches to hand coach Steve McNamara a reminder of his talents.
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"I'm really looking forward to this chance with the England Knights and it's an honour to be named captain," Houghton told the Mail.
"These games are a chance for me and all the players in this Knights side to put our names in the hat for next year's World Cup. I intend to play my best and leave Steve McNamara with something to think about. That's all I can do.
"I'm looking forward to playing again.
"We've got a really good side with the Knights, there are some really good players and we are all looking forward to seeing what we can do."