Geraghty could be England's answer

Date published: September 23 2014

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London Irish playmaker Shane Geraghty is ready to be included in England's complicated midfield selection debate this season.

London Irish playmaker Shane Geraghty is ready to be included in England's complicated midfield selection debate this season.

The 28-year-old has turned out at inside centre for the Exiles in their last two matches against Newcastle and Saracens.

Geraghty was last capped by England in 2009 against New Zealand, playing in six Tests over two years with two starts against Australia and Argentina.

Five of those appearances came at inside centre, most recently with Geraghty outside Jonny Wilkinson.

The former Northampton and Brive back has primarily been a fly-half since, but following the recruitment of Chris Noakes may be used more in midfield – something which he's happy to do and hopes may lead to an international call-up.

England have plenty of options for the inside centre spot but no nailed down starter, with Billy Twelvetrees, Kyle Eastmond and Luther Burrell all involved.

“[Playing for England] is always in the back of your mind,” Geraghty told the Telegraph.

“I'm not not trying to play myself into contention. It's my second game at twelve and I think I grew into it a bit more.

“Smithy has asked me to play in that role for the team and I'm happy to do that.

“Chris Noakes is a great number ten to play with and he's easy to read.

“That's good for me if I can get an early ball and put people into space, which is what I enjoy doing.”

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