Foden still holds RWC hope

Date published: May 28 2015

England full-back Ben Foden hasn't given up on making this year's Rugby World Cup squad despite his run of injuries.

The Northampton Saints star, who has won 34 caps for his country, hasn't won a Test cap for England since November 2013.

A season-ending knee injury put Foden's World Cup hopes into major doubt, but the 29-year-old is making progress with his recovery and was named as one of a few players coming back from injury who may get a chance to impress the England coaching staff later on when the 50-man training squad for the World Cup was named last week.

"It is very frustrating but I've had contact with both Lancaster and [backs coach] Andy Farrell and they've told me that I'm in their thoughts," Foden told Sportsbeat.

"If I can get myself right and fit then I'll be called into the squad and that's great for someone like me to hear.

"It's disappointing to pick up an injury but having something to aim at will inspire me and encourage me to get my body and mind right.

"If that's just in the training squad, then I'll help in any way I can but if I can get in the 31-man World Cup group then even better and I'll put myself in the best possible position to do that."