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Varndell not giving up on England

01st May 2014 09:15

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AVIVA UNION TOURNAMENT TOM VARNDELL WASPS AVIVA PREMIERSHIP

Fighting: Tom Varndell

Scoring tries and fit after a frustrating time out through injury, Wasps winger Tom Varndell is yet to give up on playing for England.

Varndell won the last of his England caps in 2008 but has remained a threat in the Aviva Premiership, scoring on his return against Gloucester at Twickenham.

Last season's joint-highest top scorer with 13 in the league, the 28-year-old is looking to show good consistency in the final two matches of the season to force his way onto the plane to New Zealand.

An injury to Jack Nowell seems likely to open the door for Chris Ashton to come back into the starting XV, while Marland Yarde and Jonny May are other options for Stuart Lancaster.

"If you are playing well, there is no reason why not - but you have got to be playing quite well and consistently," said Varndell.

"This season I have got about four or five games and I have got a lot of time to make up but if I'm playing well and finishing well, I don't see why not.

"It has been a long old season - I have had in total six months out. It makes a change from being in the rehab room. It is great being back.

"Last season was great for myself and Christian but the boys who have come in, like Josh Bassett, have done a great job.

"When you get injured it is just devastating at the time but if you think about what might have been, you start beating yourself up."

That sense of regret is something Wasps will have felt all week after losing in the Challenge Cup semi-final to Bath, with Varndell's attention now set on qualifying for the Rugby Champions Cup.

"We thought it was a game that we could have won and progressed to the final but that was not to be," added Varndell.

"We always get a day after a game off and I came in to do a bit of video reviewing. It is a case of picking yourself up and getting back on the horse.

"We have got to step up in the last few weeks, especially now the Amlin is not something we are going to win, it gives us something to focus on. We want to be in Europe next year."

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