David Strettle hoping for England recall

Saracens winger David Strettle says that he hopes to be named in the England squad as he is “one of the best wings in England” and his club form warrants a recall.

Thirty-one-year-old Strettle has not played for England since June 2013 but has been in form for Saracens and scored two tries against Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.

Strettle’s opposite winger Chris Ashton also scored two tries in the match as Saracens beat the French side 30-23 at Allianz Park.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster will name his squad for the Autumn Internationals on Wednesday and Strettle hopes that his form will not have gone un-noticed.

“Stuart’s done the right thing, he’s had a look at the wings out there and I hope that leading up to the World Cup he’ll pick the best ones,” Strettle told the BBC.

Strettle made his England debut in 2007 and has won 14 caps for England over the last seven years but he says his experience of playing rugby gives him an extra edge.

“Experience means you might not score the wonder try because you do not back yourself, but more often than not you’ve made the right decision,” said Strettle.

“The more you play the game, the more you recognise what’s happening that split second earlier. “

“And those older players are the best players. They might have lost a yard or two – like Brian O’Driscoll did – but they know what’s happening that split second earlier and they react to it.”

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall praised Strettle after his brace of tries on Saturday and said that “it would be hard to find two better finishes”.

Strettle has however questioned Lancaster’s selections of wingers after Jack Nowell and Jonny May were used in the Six Nations.

“The sad thing is you get young lads who come in and score tries for their clubs, get put in at the highest level and get exposed, and then people just get rid of them,”said Strettle.

“They’ve shown some natural talent in being a good finisher, so teach them the game and stick with them. That doesn’t seem to happen on the wing.”

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