Foden targets England recall
May 10, 2014
Ben Foden is currently behind Mike Brown and Alex Goode in the England pecking order © Getty Images
Ben Foden is hopeful of earning a spot on the plane to New Zealand with England and is keen to lay down a marker over the last few games of the season for Northampton.
Foden starts at fullback for Northampton against Wasps on Saturday but while his club form has been impressive, he has found his England prospects more frustrating. He played the autumn internationals on the wing and then missed the Six Nations through injury but after conversations with England coaches Mike Catt and Andy Farrell, he knows he has a chance of making the squad for the trip to New Zealand.
"Obviously there are names predominantly down for the tour but there are midweek games, there are Tests, there are internationals going on when players competing in the Aviva Premiership Final won't be involved, so a lot of things come into the equation," Foden told the Daily Mail. "There are a lot of guys playing well in my position though, the likes of Mike Brown and Alex Goode for instance.
"There is just a lot of competition in the squad. For me it's just about looking after my body and making sure that I'm doing the best I can for Northampton Saints and if the international call-ups come they come, if not then I will go away, work harder and hopefully put the pressure on them. There is a lot of play for, some big games coming up for me to showcase what I can do."
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