Northampton’s Ben Foden eyes England recall this summer

Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden says he is focused on winning his England place back this summer

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Stuart Lancaster overlooked Ben Foden for England's Six Nations Photo: The Sport Review

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Ben Foden believes his Northampton Saints form warrants an England recall after Stuart Lancaster overlooked the full-back during the Red Rose’s Six Nations campaign.

Saracen Alex Goode was preferred to Foden during the tournament, with another full-back, Mike Brown, playing out of position on the wing throughout for England.

Under previous England manager Martin Johnson, Foden was a near-ever present, while similarly he was one of the first names on Lancaster’s team-sheet until injury struck before Christmas.

Brown and Goode struggled at the Millennium Stadium in the final weekend of the Six Nations as Wales hammered England to deny Lancaster a first Grand Slam.

And while a lack of international appearances recently looks set to rule Foden out of Lions selection this summer, it’s winning back his England jersey that is firmly in the front of the Northampton utility back’s mind.

“Obviously, for England to lose to Wales was very disappointing,” Foden said.

“I still have to get back from this injury and prove myself playing for Saints, but I don’t think I’m too far away from an England recall.

“Hopefully I can [help] get us into a semi-final and final of the Premiership and you can’t argue with that sort of form. If I’m playing well then hopefully the re-selection will come.”

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