Liam Williams baffled by Alex Goode’s England omission

Date published: July 15 2018

Wales international Liam Williams is surprised that Saracens team-mate Alex Goode has been constantly overlooked for England selection.

The 30-year-old has performed consistently well for the Londoners but has only picked up 21 caps for the Red Rose since making his debut in 2012.

And Williams, who has featured 48 times for Warren Gatland’s men, told the BBC that Goode was “the best 15 I have ever played with”.

“How he doesn’t get a look-in with England I haven’t a clue. His work rate, his hands, feet and all-round game is tremendous – it’s good to play alongside Alex.

“If he (England head coach Eddie Jones) does not pick him, that’s up to him.”

Williams and Goode will look to help continue the club’s recent success after Mark McCall’s charges won their third Premiership title in four years.

The Welshman joined the English outfit on a two-year deal in 2017 with the option of a third and the 27-year-old says that it is likely he will remain until 2020.

“I have spoken to Saracens and said I am 99% sure I want to take the third year,” he added. “I have just bought a house, we have just won the league, what more do you want? It is a great place.”