Youngs retains England ambition


Leicester Tigers' Tom Youngs has not given up of being restored to the England squad.

The hooker has not been part of the new era under Eddie Jones, having missed the Six Nations and then been ruled out of last month's tour to Australia after undergoing back surgery.

But the 29-year-old remains hopeful of adding to his 28 caps.

"You always have to keep the goal there to get back in the England side. I don't think you can ever lose sight of it," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"Because I was injured, yes you do end up doubting yourself a little. But you soon dust yourself down, get back here, train again and then you are ticking along again.

"I've always had determination, but there is probably a bit more there now to prove people wrong and prove to myself that I'm good enough."

England, who were humiliated by a group-stage exit when they hosted the World Cup last year, have turned a corner since Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster.

He has won every game since taking the helm and Youngs recognises the side is performing brilliantly in his absence.

"They had a great summer tour, 3-0 in Australia is very special," he added.

"It's never great not being selected, but there is no point moping about because you need to be training hard. I'm not one to mope, I just say 'fair enough, I understand' and then go off and work on things I need to work on.

"The back injury was probably the worst thing, because I couldn't prove anything.

"If I get the phone call great, but I'll concentrate on getting fit, playing and leading by example for the club."