Rugby

Haskell eager to represent England again

2017-10-04 20:26
James Haskell (Getty)

Cape Town - Wasps flank James Haskell still has ambitions to play for England again but admits it will be a challenge to be recalled to Eddie Jones' squad. 

Haskell did not make the cut for England’s 33-member training squad in Oxford ahead of November’s autumn internationals. 

Haskell understands Jones’s decision, admitting he must work harder with his Premiership side to earn a recall. 

“I’d say I‘m probably halfway down the cliff. Maybe holding onto a shrub. Or I‘m on a rope and they’ve lit the rope, very Indiana Jones-style,” he told Reuters. 

”You’ve just got to keep working hard. I need more peaks than troughs in games if I’ve got any desire to fight my way back into England, which is going to be very hard. 

“I’ve got every confidence that I can come back and be involved. If I didn‘t, then I’d probably just retire.” 

The 32-year-old missed the start of the season with a finger injury and said the chance of playing for England again was driving him on. 

“If he called me up today and said I wasn’t in the squad, I wouldn’t be able to say anything other than ‘ok’, and get on with it,” said Haskell. 

“I care about winning, about this club and I want to play for England more than anything else, it’s why I play rugby and it’s such a great team to be a part of.”

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