Easter believes he deserved England call
January 16, 2014
Nick Easter has played well in the Aviva Premiership this term © PA Photos
Exiled No.8 Nick Easter believes his form "merited a return to the England squad" but concedes his age has counted against him.
Easter has impressed for Harlequins this term and has frequently received the backing of his club coach Conor O'Shea over his international prospects but England coach Stuart Lancaster stuck with younger options Ben Morgan and Billy Vunipola in his squad for the Six Nations which was named last week.
"It has to be down to the age factor," Easter told sportinglife.com regarding his omission from the squad. "I think my form certainly merited a return to the England squad over the last three years but I'm afraid it's down to a matter of opinion especially in team sports.
"In individual sports you can take on your opposition one on one and prove you're better but in a team sport if the England manager thinks someone else is better than you've just got to take it on the chin."
Easter last played for England in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup and he believes the young side need to learn fast if they are to challenge for the global gathering in 2015.
"Picking younger players is the path they've gone down but I think in any sport at the top level you've got to pick the best team at any given time," Easter added. "If he feels his best team is the one he's picking full of youngsters then brilliant for him and I think ultimately the World Cup is the goal and that's what we all want England to win.
"It's just under two years away so they need to build experience thick and fast and learn very quickly."
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