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'
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
“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.”