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Brough turns back on England

Danny Brough Photo: Press Association

Huddersfield captain Danny Brough has slammed the door shut on England and will revert to representing Scotland in the World Cup.

The goalkicking half-back produced another impressive display in front of England coach Steve McNamara last night as he guided the Giants to a 25-16 victory over St Helens.

McNamara will today name his 20-man squad for next week's game against the Exiles but Brough will not be in it after becoming disillusioned over his treatment by the England boss.

After leading Scotland in the 2008 World Cup, Brough was persuaded to switch allegiance by McNamara, who selected him for the second of last year's two games against the Exiles.

However, the former Hull and Wakefield stand-off was subsequently omitted from the autumn international series and has been left out of this season's 30-strong elite training squad despite a string of fine performances.

Brough, who has a Glaswegian grandfather, made his announcement to reporters after his man-of-the-match performance at the John Smith's Stadium, where he made it clear he was happy for McNamara to hear second hand of his decision.

He hasn't rung me so I'm not going to ring him. I'm not playing second fiddle every year."

– Danny Brough, Huddersfield Giants' captain

Brough has, however, been in touch with Scotland coach Steve McCormack, who appears ready to welcome back his old skipper with open arms.

"Danny has always been outstanding for me whenever he's played," McCormack tweeted. "I'm sure things will become clearer in next few weeks."

Brough admits he is currently producing the most consistent form of his career for the title-chasing Giants, who completed their first league double over St Helens since 1951 to remain firmly in touch with Super League leaders Wigan.

The Huddersfield captain created all four of his side's tries with a mixture of pinpoint kicking and sublime handling and also slotted a crucial drop goal as they established a 25-6 lead before a late lapse allowed their visitors to score consolation tries through Josh Jones and Jordan Turner.

"It was great to get the win but I thought we made it harder than it should have been.

"In the second half we dropped a lot of ball but I'm happy to get the win."

– Danny Brough, Huddersfield Giants' captain

Meanwhile, Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is confident prop forward Anthony Mullally will be cleared of any wrongdoing after being put on report for an alleged high tackle that knocked out St Helens winger Ade Gardner.

The game was stopped for 10 minutes to allow Gardner to receive oxygen before being carried off on a stretcher.

"I thought Ade was falling into the tackle. I could see the reason behind the penalty but what else could he have done?"

– Paul Anderson, Huddersfield Giants' coach