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Pick Myler for England - King

30th December 2013 06:52


Stephen Myler Northampton v Bath AVP 2013

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Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler can fill the void for England if Toby Flood moves to France next season.

That's the word from the Saints' back-line coach Alex King who believes an England call-up would be just reward for Myler's superb club form.

"We know how important Stephen is to this team: he's played a lot of rugby this year, and played really well," King told PA Sport.

"And I'm looking forward to working with him for the second half of the season.

"England probably have four or five really good 10s, they are very well off.

"I don't know what Toby Flood's doing with regard to France, but if he does go with England's protocol of not picking players who play abroad, it frees up a spot so there are probably three or four guys in the Premiership now vying for that EPS squad role."

29-year-old Myler is currently the Premiership's most-accurate goal kicker. His six from seven shots at goal helped Northampton to a 43-25 victory over Bath at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday and to cement their second place in the standings.

England boss Stuart Lancaster will name his Elite Player Squad and second-string Saxons group on January 9, to cover the upcoming Six Nations.

Former rugby league playmaker Myler - who is currently a member of the Saxons squad alongside Bath fly-half George Ford - won his first full England cap during the tour to Argentina in June.

Former Wasps pivot King admitted he would back Myler's full-time England promotion.

"Absolutely I would push him forward for England," added King.

"On days like Saturday both 10s had a good set of forwards in front of them.

"And I was really pleased with Stephen that he came out on top.

"That's the detail you work on in training: it's the skills the nines and 10s work on for hours every week.

"He's a fantastic goal-kicker and he was before I came here.

"His technique is spot-on, obviously I help him if he needs help, but there's a huge correlation between hard work and success.

"He works hard, there's no excuse or substitute for hard work.

"I thought he attacked the gain-line flat, his passing was good and he put us in the right areas.

"He took the right options and he's going well, and backed up by two good nines it gives us great options."

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