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But despite being Leicester Tigers captain and a reliable option for England since his debut in 2006 Flood is no longer guaranteed a place in Lancaster’s squad with Saracens’ Owen Farrell the first-choice No.10 with Bath’s George Ford and Gloucester’s Freddie Burns the exciting new kids on the block.
And while Flood admits Lancaster has a selection headache he admits it is back to basics and impressing for the Tigers which will see him add to his 57 caps.
“The levels of competition for England places is high,” he told the Daily Express.
“But at the same time the coaches have made it clear that as it’s a new season it’s a fresh start. That’s what I was told.
“So Leicester’s start and my part in it have been important. This is nothing different.
“The England decision isn’t mine. You can’t fret over spilt milk. I’d be disappointed if it went against me, but I’d be able to rationalise it more quickly than once I would.”