The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joshua Richards

WHILE the Eng­land cricket se­lec­tors have left Steven Finn scratch­ing his head of late, the seamer has re­vealed his one true love has kept him chip­per.

Finn has lost his place in the Eng­land squad for the cur­rent tour to West Indies de­spite hav­ing spent the spring catch­ing the eye in an oth­er­wise fate­ful World Cup cam­paign.

Yet his beloved Wat­ford kept a smile on his face as they pushed for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion – and they clinched it in dra­matic style yes­ter­day.

Af­ter eight years out­side the top flight, the Hor­nets won 2-0 at Brighton in the lunchtime kick-off be­fore Mid­dles­brough’s last-gasp re­verse at Ful­ham and Nor­wich’s draw at Rother­ham

en­sured their re­turn to the Pre­mier League. When The Foot­ball League Pa­per caught up with the crick­eter ear­lier in the week, he wasn’t will­ing to tempt fate hav­ing wit­nessed play-off heart­break twice in re­cent sea­sons.

“Wat­ford’s suc­cess has been a very pleas­ant dis­trac­tion from my cricket is­sues, it’s been great,” said the 26-year-old, who has not played Test cricket for Eng­land since 2013.

“I’m gut­ted ac­tu­ally, be­cause I haven’t been able to go to any games for the whole sea­son – I’ve watched all the ones that have been on TV, but be­cause of the tours and things I’ve not been able to go to Vicarage Road.

“We are still sit­ting pretty at the mo­ment, but I don’t re­ally want to speak too soon be­cause I’ve done that a few times in the past and it’s come back to bite me on the arse. So I’ll keep sch­tum on au­to­matic pro­mo­tion for now.”

Finn can rest easy now as Slav­isa Jokanovic’s side look for­ward to meet­ing the best in the busi­ness on a regular ba­sis next sea­son.

And Wat­ford-born Finn is hop­ing he can em­u­late their su­per sea­son by forc­ing his way back into Eng­land con­tention for this sum­mer’s Ashes.

And though pro­mo­tion for Wat­ford might be the near­est Finn gets to go­ing to Old Traf­ford be­fore the year is out, he added: “Australia are the best team in the world in Test and one-day cricket, so it’s up to us to prove a stiff chal­lenge for them.

“We’re very ca­pa­ble of win­ning those Ashes.”

WAT­FORD PRIDE: Finn shows off the colours of his team

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