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Senior ponders England comeback

Keith Senior
Senior won 33 Great Britain caps dating back to the 1996 tour

Leeds centre Keith Senior has revealed he would consider coming out of international retirement to play for England in this month's Four Nations.

Senior, 33, retired from internationals after England's World Cup semi-final defeat by New Zealand last November.

"I've not had a phone call and am not expecting one," he said. "But I know I can still play at international level."

Meanwhile rugby union-bound Lee Smith says he will be available for the league event, starting on 24 October.

England coach Tony Smith will consider his selections from Leeds and St Helens after Saturday's Grand Final.

Senior, whose rich vein of form resulted in selection for the 2009 Super League Dream Team, made 10 appearances for England and said of a possible comeback: "It's a tough question.

"I announced my retirement - and whether it's the right thing or wrong thing, that remains to be seen.

"I'd have to speak to my family and I'd definitely think about it very deeply.

"I'm a very proud man and I love pulling on an international shirt. You never say never, do you?"

606: DEBATE

Senior's club colleague Smith will switch codes at the end of the season, having agreed a three-year deal with Wasps.

"If Tony wants to pick me, I'm always available for my country - which any person should be," he said.

"I'd play for my country with pride. It would be an honour. I'd have to see. I'm just concentrating on Saturday but, if Tony wants to give me a phone call and wants to use me in the Four Nations, I'd be more than happy to do that.

"Wasps are fine with me playing. That's not a problem."



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