Ashton has been in fine form for Saracens this season
A resurgent Chris Ashton is confident he can stake his claim for a spot on England's tour to New Zealand this summer after playing no part in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.
Ashton's first full RBS 6 Nations campaign started with a bang in 2011, scoring six times in two games against Wales and Italy.
The wing has since struggled for consistency in an England shirt - but is hitting the high notes from club side Saracens this season after racking up 14 tries.
And as England prepare to take on the All Blacks in June, Ashton insists he is giving it his best shot to catch the attention of Stuart Lancaster.
"I'm a great believer in everything happening for a reason," Ashton told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I've got a couple of games left this season to put my hand up, and get back involved in New Zealand.
"Last time I spoke to Stuart, he said it's in my hands to get involved (again). New Zealand's going to be a tough tour, and you want to be involved in that in the build up to the World Cup. I'm enjoying rugby again."
James Haskell admits that his six-month lay-off with a toe injury has been the most frustrating period of his career and says he is still dealing with regular pain on his quest to return to full fitness.