Harlequins scrum-half Andy Gomarsall has still got plenty of England ambitions despite new England head coach Brian Ashton opting for Harry Ellis, Shaun Perry and Peter Richards in his RBS 6 Nations selection.
Gomarsall was a member of England's 2003 World Cup winning squad and is anxious to add to his 23 international caps after joining Quins on a pay-per-play basis this season from Worcester.
Gomarsall said to BBC Sport: "I still have something to offer and I'm ready and waiting if things don't go well.
"I've spoken to Brian and I know there is a chance. He told me I'd just missed out, and I've still got the hunger.
"If England want to play some rugby - and under Brian Ashton I think they do - they need a nine or 10 who is going to make some decisions.
"But if the 10 is inexperienced and not a decision-maker, then they need a nine who is going to do that.
"That's what I've said to Brian. I think we are on similar levels, so I'm excited about it."
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