Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has tipped Brad Barritt for an England recall this Autumn, insisting the centre adds much more to the side than just his defensive qualities.
Barritt played in the first two fixtures of England's 2014 RBS 6 Nations campaign but has not represented the Red Rose since their 20-0 victory over Scotland in February.
The 28-year-old faces a tough battle to get back into Stuart Lancaster's plans, with the head coach blessed with plenty of midfield options for the November internationals.
Yet despite the challenge of Luther Burrell and the impressive recent form of Bath duo Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph, McCall believes Barritt has forced himself into consideration after Saracens' 28-21 victory over Gloucester this weekend.
"I thought Brad Barritt was outstanding, he was a real pillar out there, he had some real go-forward with the ball and his all-round game is outstanding," said McCall.
"People underestimate Brad. They think he's a 'one-trick pony' and he can only defend. And he defended brilliantly, but there's much more to his game and also his presence on the pitch.
"Without question, he's the most competitive person that I've come across and he leads by example.
"I would have him on my international team every day of the week and I think there are a lot of people who would agree with that."