World Cup: Brett Ferres admits selection was 'reward for perseverance'
Last Updated: 30/10/13 4:12pm
Ferres anticipating an amazing atmosphere
Brett Ferres believes that his late selection to England's World Cup squad was 'reward for perseverance.'
The Huddersfield forward became an 11th hour call up to coach Steve McNamara's party following the departure of Gareth Hock who was expelled for a series of disciplinary breaches.
The 27-year-old Ferres not only made the squad, he also played in England's opening match against Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Ferres was omitted from McNamara's original 24-man squad but was given a hint of optimism when he was asked to travel with the players for their training camp in South Africa.
"It was a difficult one, being so close and yet so far away. I think the ruling has changed and you can change the squad throughout the World Cup."
He said: "I wasn't wishing for anybody to get hurt. We're all striving for the same goal.
"I was no different, even though I wasn't part of the squad as such.
"It was a difficult one, being so close and yet so far away. I think the ruling has changed and you can change the squad throughout the World Cup.
"I was there as a bit of a safety net and I saw it as an opportunity to remain in the frame and to get some valuable training.
"It was a bit of perseverance and a case of working hard and keeping my head down and it paid off."
Ferres also admitted he came mighty close to booking a family holiday during November.
He added: "Luckily I didn't book one. I was fortunate."
England's next match in Group A is against Ireland at Huddersfield on Saturday.