SPEEDSTERS: Wade (left) and Varndell
WITH THE England elite player squad set to be unveiled on January 9, the two top try scorers in the Aviva Premiership both have set their sights on reclaiming international selection.
London Wasps team-mates and wingers Tom Varndell and Christian Wade occupy the top two positions on the try scorers chart with nine and five respectively and hope that their form will gain them selection to Stuart Lancaster’s team.
The 27-year-old Varndell, who last played for England in 2008, told Espnscrum: “I've not had any contact with England. Nothing at all, not even a tweet, but as long as I perform, be consistent and keep scoring tries then they can't ignore me forever.
"I don't know if I'm in their thoughts at all but at the moment I'm just happy, I'm enjoying my rugby at Wasps. I want to keep doing well and that's the most important thing."
On the other hand, the 21-year-old Wade - who is currently in England Saxons squad and is uncapped at international level - played down the possibility of being picked for England but would relish the opportunity should it materialise.
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“I'm trying to focus on my performance in the Aviva Premiership and maintain what I'm doing,” Wade told Espnscrum.
“I'm not eyeing up England as such, I just want to keep going. I'm currently in the Saxons squad and am looking forward to January, we've got a few games coming up and I really want to play well in them and see where that takes me.”
He continued: "I've already tasted it against the Barbarians and that was awesome back in May. It's amazing to wear the white shirt and play. It was great to score for my country as well - it was an amazing, amazing feeling and I want to feel it again."
And as for the try-scoring exploits from the speedsters, Varndell added: "Being top try scorer is fantastic but having Christian in the team, he also wants to be top try scorer as well and we rub off each other, we motivate each other, there's definitely that bit of competitiveness but we're always friendly. It's a healthy competition in the team."