England v Barbarians
Foden ready for Tindall farewell
May 24, 2012
Ben Foden will be looking to score on Sunday © PA Photos
Ben Foden is pleased to have the opportunity to say goodbye to Mike Tindall as England prepare to take on the Barbarians on Sunday, but hopes his former skipper is on the wrong side of the ledger at Twickenham.
Tindall will start at inside centre in a Barbarians side captained by John Smit and also features former England internationals Paul Sackey and Iain Balshaw. Foden, though, warned Tindall that England will be fired up for the occasion ahead of their three-Test tour to South Africa.
"I am sure he will be looking to get a few cheap shots on us," Foden said. "Tins will be looking forward to coming here to Twickenham and sticking it to us. It will be good to see him playing and a good way to say goodbye to Tins as well - hopefully we will stuff them."
Tindall, exiled from the national team under Stuart Lancaster, was fined £15,000 by the Rugby Football Union in New Zealand at last year's World Cup. Foden admitted situations such as Tindall's make every player realise how careful they must be while in the public eye.
"You have to be on your guard a little bit," Foden said. "Having guys like Tins being involved in the squad, who is married to royalty, and guys like myself being engaged to a pop star (The Saturdays' Una Healy), the public profile rises and you have to be careful.
"You have to make sure you represent your country 24 hours a day. People can take videos and pictures without you even knowing. A picture speaks a thousand words and some things can be taken massively out of context. You have to be careful what you do, especially going on tours. We saw in NZ that things can get out of control very quickly.
"There will be odd mishaps and mistakes. As long as the people around you - Stuart Lancaster, Jim Mallinder, my fiancee - are happy then you can go on. That is the balance you have to live your life. But what better life to be living than playing for England?"
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