Ashton not out of form - Lancaster

12th Mar 2013, 17:57

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Pressure: Chris Ashton

Pressure: Chris Ashton

England coach Stuart Lancaster believes that Chris Ashton still warrants selection despite being criticised for a lack of form.

England coach Stuart Lancaster believes that Chris Ashton still warrants selection despite being criticised for a lack of form.

Ashton was one of England's try scorers in the opening Six Nations match against Scotland, but has since struggled to cross the whitewash.

Having racked up 15 tries in his first 18 Tests, the Saracens winger now only has two in his last 16 appearances.

"I don't think Chris has been given any special favours," said Lancaster.

"I don't buy the fact that he is badly out of form. No player had an error-free game on Sunday. Chris did what Chris does well and got into a position where a tip-on pass from Mike Brown would have seen him in under the posts.

"Most wingers would not get themselves in positions to do those things. He didn't quite get across the line but sometimes it is not his fault.

"We certainly did dip in effectiveness at the weekend but we did create opportunities. Finishing is the issue."