Jones: I haven't promised Armitage England spot


England coach Eddie Jones laughed off claims he has promised ex-international Steffon Armitage a route back to the squad, taking a dig at outspoken Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal in the process.

Boudjellal claimed five-time England representative Armitage had been offered a place in the international team by Jones following a phone call between player and coach.

However, Jones responded to those suggestions on Tuesday, denying a phone call had been made, while insisting the 30-year-old flanker would first have to start playing in England again if he was to be considered for selection.

"You have to remember the bloke who makes the comments writes comic books," said Jones as he referenced to Boudjellal's publishing background.

"I don't know whether he writes them or sells them but he has made plenty of money out of them. Batman and Robin won't be in the team.

"People have false Facebook posts and false Twitter accounts so I suppose you can have a false phone call."

France-based Armitage has been linked with a return to England via Premiership outfit Wasps and Jones added: "I don't control him ... at the moment he is not eligible to play for England.

"It's not up to me, it's up to him. If he signs for Wasps, gets fit and plays good rugby I'll pick him."

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has already confirmed his interest in signing Armitage, who has spent the past five years in France.

"We would certainly be interested in bringing somebody like Steffon back," Young told BBC Sport.

"But we have had no contact with Toulon at all and, until that becomes a reality, we've nothing to comment on."

"We know that Steffon's agent is enquiring in the Premiership," Young continued. "Yes, we would be interested but, at what levels, we don't know, and he's a Toulon player at this time.

"If Steffon is looking to come back to England, I am sure we are one of 12 Premiership teams who would be interested in him."