18th October 2018, 08:30 | englandrl

Wayne Bennett says Tom Johnstone has an England future

Wayne Bennett says Tom Johnstone has an England future

Tom Johnstone put in an extraordinary performance to boost his hopes of being a part of Wayne Bennett's starting line-up for the upcoming test series against New Zealand. 

The Wakefield Trinity winger made his debut in England's 44-6 victory over France last night at Leigh Sports Village. 

Johnstone had an exceptional year for Trinity, the 23-year-old scored 24 tries on the wing for Trinity only four behind Man of Steel winner and top try scorer Ben Barba. 

A first-half hat-trick for Johnstone helped England to a 38-0 lead at the break, Jake Connor scored England's only second-half try. 

Wayne Bennett said: "Tom Johnstone played well tonight but Tommy Makinson’s a pretty fair player. If he (Johnstone) doesn’t make it, he won’t be far off.

"He’s someone I noticed in the last 12-18 months and he’s certainly got a future on the wing for England."

Tom Johnstone said: "I'm over the moon, I couldn't of written it any better, I just wanted to go out there to try and player a standard game and fit in with the boys. It's what dreams are made of.

"My nerves were really bad at some points, the day felt really long and I just wanted it to come quicker.

"I just kept trying to calm myself down and think of it as a normal Super League game, something I do week in week out and it worked.

"It's incredible to see my shirt in the changing rooms, I've had some real low times in the past 12 or 18 months, just to go in their and see my shirt with the boys was rewarding and made everything worthwile."

Hull FC's Connor made it two tries in his first two international games, while Oliver Holmes, Robbie Mulhern and Jamie Shaul made their debuts before heading off with the England Knights squad for a three-week tour of Papua New Guinea. 

"I thought Oliver Holmes was really good on his debut. Richie Myler had good communication out on the park and Jake Connor impressed again tonight - he's a quality player in my eyes. 

"I thought Robbie Mulhern looked like an accomplished player. You look for things that are effective and bring quality to the team and I thought Jamie Shaul looked calm and accomplished at full-back," said Bennett.