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Many expected the Harlequin to be axed from the following weekend’s New Zealand clash, but Johnson kept the faith as England, and Monye, bounced back from their 16-9 defeat of Argentina to produce a vastly improved display in losing 19-6 to the All Blacks.
And while admitting he was vastly under-par against the Pumas – Monye is adamant he wouldn’t think twice about facing the full-back music again.
“If Martin Johnson were to ask me to play full-back again I would definitely do it every time,” said Monye. “I really want to play at full back again for England and I would love to get back out there again.
“I realise there are a lot of very good full-backs in the country with the likes of Delon Armitage coming back from shoulder surgery before the end of the month.
“But if there was another opportunity I definitely wouldn’t shy away from it at all. I know I have the ability to play there and one game certainly will not put doubts in my mind about my ability to play rugby or to play at full back.
“I was afraid I wouldn't be picked again after the Argentina game, and justifiably so. You are playing for your country and if you're below par, you shouldn't be there. That was the worst game I've ever played in my life.
“But if the chance came up again I’d definitely do it. Martin Johnson has known me for a good while now and he has seen what I have done on the Lions tour and he knows I can handle the pressure of big games.
“One game won’t change his opinion and it certainly won’t change my opinion of myself.”
England boss Johnson was roundly criticised for his autumn international campaign, which saw his side score just one try – Matt Banahan’s score in England’s solitary victory against Argentina.
The dour autumn has left Johnson’s troops behind France, Ireland and Wales as the bookies favourites to claim the Six Nations crown.
But despite England’s fall down the Six Nations pecking order, Monye believes the ‘wounded animal’ will roar when the tournament kicks off in February.
“There is a lot of frustration within the England squad because if you look at the talent that was on show in the autumn, there were a lot of very good players,” added Monye.
“So we were disappointed but we know with the players that we have we can definitely achieve something great in the Six Nations and definitely win it.
“Whether we are the underdogs or favourites then that makes absolutely no difference to me at all because we just need to go out on the field and play the game.
“Teams can look fantastic on paper but it doesn’t work out like that sometimes, Ireland has had a fantastic year, with Leinster’s success, the national team’s Grand Slam and the success of the players on the Lions tour.
“But this season is a different season and a new start for everyone and it is a great opportunity for us kicking off with a game against Wales at home.”