Saints loose forward Morgan Knowles is good enough to play for England in the near future, insists former Great Britain coach Brian Noble.
Knowles, 21 has been Wales’ stand-out performer at the World Cup, scoring their try in the 72-6 mauling by Fiji.
Noble, covering the southern hemisphere tournament with the BBC, said: “Knowles possesses the ability to play for England, moving forward. He has been that impressive.”
Players can switch between tier-one nations such as England and tier-two teams like Wales.
He added: “He’s had a great World Cup and he’s rattled a few cages while being the Welsh go-to player.”
Noble also believes the Great Britain and Ireland selectors should pick players from all four nations for the 2019 tour to New Zealand, with Knowles already a strong Welsh candidate.
“We should be selecting from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England for the tour,” said Noble, a former Great Britain head coach.
“Saying that, Morgan wears the Welsh shirt with honour and great respect and I’m pretty confident he’ll stay in those ranks.”
Morgan’s World Cup dreams - and that of St Helens team-mate Regan Grace - ended on a disappointing note when they were beaten 34-6 by an Ireland team which included Saints’ colleagues Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
It was a dead rubber and both countries are now on their way home.