Care upbeat despite England omission

Date published: March 27 2015

Danny Care insists he is not letting his England omission get to him despite being relegated to third in the Red Rose pecking order.

The Harlequins scrum-half was first choice heading into the November Tests but was dropped after his 50th cap for a poor outing against South Africa.

Ben Youngs and Richard Wigglesworth have overtaken him in the eyes of Stuart Lancaster, with Youngs particularly impressive during the Six Nations.

That has left Care on the outside looking in, as he was repeatedly sent back to Quins when the matchday squads were announced.

But rather than get down about it, Care insists he will do everything to reclaim his spot, starting with this weekend's Wembley clash with Saracens.

"It’s not in my nature to be moping around and I love being out there with the England boys. I will always argue my case but it wasn’t to be," Care told the Evening Standard.

"You never get used to leaving the England camp on a Tuesday — not being in the match squad — it never gets any easier. It’s a bit like being in the Big Brother house and you cannot afford to slip up or you are out of it!

"Wembley is a great stage with 90,000 fans watching and despite our league position, we want to finish on a high," he added.

"We need to be in the top six to qualify for the Rugby Champions Cup and we haven’t played well against Sarries in recent matches and this a chance to put that right. 

"You don’t want to die wondering ‘what if’ and so we just have to go for it. Wiggy [Wigglesworth] has been playing really well this season for club and country."