Martin Johnson will name a revised Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations next week, and there have been several players recently making a case for themselves in the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup.
I have picked out a few players that have caught my eye over the last few weeks, but let me know who you think should be in the reckoning.
Northampton’s lightning bolt on the wing has found his feet at Premiership level this season, and his finishing ability should have the England selectors looking his way. Ashton has scored 15 tries in all competitions this season, and with England’s lack of try-scoring ability, he could be just what we need.
At one stage, I thought that Flood should never be considered for England again, but my view is changing. He has made a significant difference to Leicester since returning from injury, standing flat and creating space for his backs. Jonny hasn’t been the easiest player to play outside in recent England appearances, and perhaps Flood would be a better option?
A try-scoring return from injury has surely put him straight back in the reckoning at full-back. Ben Foden has also been impressing, but Johnno seems reluctant to pick him and is likely to welcome Armitage back to the fold. Hopefully, Ugo Monye and Mark Cueto will be left to do their jobs on the wing.
The Newcastle prop was superb against Wasps at the weekend, and his season statistics are impressive. This Six Nations will probably come too early, but with England’s front row issues, Golding may well be worth considering.
The Harlequins blindside flanker has been on the rise for the last couple of seasons, but hasn’t quite broken into the senior squad. With Joe Worsley struggling with injury, Johnson may look for cover in this area and Robshaw could be the man.
Let me know what you think. Who would you like to see named in the squad?