Wasps back row James Haskell turned to Alan Partridge for inspiration as he dealt with his omission from Eddie Jones' England squad Thursday.
British & Irish Lions tourist Haskell was the big name casualty as Jones revealed his selection for the autumn Test against Argentina on Nov. 11.
Having visited the flanker at his home last weekend, the England boss stressed that the door to a recall was far from shut to a player with 75 caps to his name.
Shortly the squad announcement, however, Haskell posted a short video clip on social media of fictional comedy character Partridge stating: "Catch the train to London, stopping at rejection, disappointment, back-stabbing central and shattered-dreams parkway."
Speaking to a news conference, Jones insisted that Haskell's current form did not warrant his selection ahead of younger back-row talent.
"We had a good chat, at the moment he's just not playing well enough but the door is never shut on him," Jones said. "We know he's a great player, he's been a good servant for English rugby, almost 80 caps and I'm sure he can regain his form."
Later, Haskell suggested on Twitter that he would be open to playing for the Barbarians against New Zealand on Nov. 4 now he would not be involved with England.
Yes👍🏻— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) October 26, 2017
The squad announced Thursday morning can be seen as something of a changing of the guard in terms of the back row, with Tom Curry, Zach Mercer, Sam Underhill and Sam Simmonds all 23 or younger and included, while Tom Wood joins Haskell on the outside.
On in-form Exeter No. 8 Simmonds, Jones said: "He's a good young player. What I like about him more is his work off the ball, he runs very good support lines, very good defensively.
"Of course people like to talk about the tries that he scores but that's a small part of his game. He's got good acceleration and he might add something to our back row.
"He's one of those players who I think could play six, seven or eight so it gives us that utility value."
Jones, who was keen to stress that the disciplinary matters effecting Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes and Joe Marler were issues for their clubs to take care of, has welcomed Denny Solomona back into the fold following his expulsion from England's preseason camp.
Solomona was sent home along with Manu Tuilagi in August following a late night out, but Jones is confident the Sale wing has learnt from his mistake.
"He's a human being, everyone makes mistakes," Jones said. "He's made a mistake, he's atoned for it and we're expecting him to follow the team's culture. Which he will."
Jones added that Solomona's try-scoring record for Sale is what has edged him ahead of Marland Yarde in the England pecking order.