MIKE Cooper has revealed he has not spoken to any of England’s coaching staff for a number of years.

The Wire prop was a regular on the international scene during his spell in the NRL with St George Illawarra Dragons, winning nine caps for his country.

However, after re-joining his hometown club for the 2017 season, he was left out of Wayne Bennett’s squad for that year’s Rugby League World Cup and has not featured since.

Despite showing excellent form in the Warrington front row since Steve Price took over as head coach, he was once again absent from England’s revised elite performance squad when it was revealed yesterday.

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Cooper says there is “no point” in allowing his omission bother him but admits he would at least like to talk to someone from the international staff about it.

“It’s not down to me. I’ve had no conversations with anyone from the England camp for years.

I spoke to Wayne after the 2017 season – the year Tony (Smith, ex-Wire coach) left the club – and he said my form wasn’t good enough.

“There’s been no further communication since then.

“I don’t know who’s picking the team there – there’s always raised eyebrows with people being in or out of the squad and it just seems to be my turn.

“Sometimes your face just doesn’t fit. There’s no point letting it bother me.”

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Mike Cooper lines up alongside Wire teammate Chris Hill during the 2016 Four Nations. Picture by Mike Boden

The likes of Castleford’s Liam Watts and Hull FC’s Scott Taylor are among the props selected in Bennett’s latest elite performance squad.

Cooper feels he is “at least on par” with some of the players in the squad but insisted he had no personal issues with Bennett.

With a place on the newly-reformed Great Britain Lions tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea appearing unlikely, the 30-year-old is focused solely on finishing what he feels is another decent personal season strongly with The Wire.

“I’ve played nine Tests for my country and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved both here and over in Australia,” he said.

“If they want to overlook me because my face doesn’t fit, that’s what they want to do.

“I don’t really take any notice of it because life’s far too short to be worrying about one or two opinions.

“I really got on with Wayne when we were in camp and I’ve got no issues with him whatsoever, but it would be nice to have a conversation with somebody.

“I feel like I’m at least on par with a couple of the players that have been picked ahead of me, but it is what it is.”

“I think I’ve had a fairly decent season again this year. Hopefully I can kick on now and do what I can to finish the year well.”