Goode impression

Sarries star sets his sights at making World Cup training squad

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 03/06/11 6:46am

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Saracens star Alex Goode admits he would happily play anywhere if it meant breaking into the full England side.

With the World Cup fast approaching on the horizon, a large percentage of players will be hoping that they can break into the England squad.

And after a long, hard season it will be a youthful Saxons squad that gets the first crack at impressing manager Martin Johnson when they star in the Churchill Cup.

The Saxons will first take on the US Eagles on Saturday, before tackling Tonga eight days later. There will then be the finals day at Sixways on June 18, with all the games being shown live on Sky Sports.

For the highly ambitious Goode it will be his chance to further strengthen his own credentials, with the 23-year-old long having been linked to a well deserved call-up.

The only question mark had been over whether fly-half or full-back was his best position.

"I know it is a cliche but I just want to play. I've been lucky enough to be part of a winning team with Saracens but I would happily play flanker or prop if it meant playing for England."
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Cliche

However Goode, who has played at England at every age-group from Under-16s to the Sevens and Saxons, insists he would even become a fully-paid member of the front row to play.

"It is likely I will be at full-back but with Stephen Myler pulling out I could well be used as cover at 10," Goode told skysports.com

"They see me as a full-back for England, so I think it would be a big call to play me at fly-half as haven't played much there this season.

"I know it is a cliche but I just want to play. I've been lucky enough to be part of a winning team with Saracens but I would happily play flanker or prop if it meant playing for England."

Although Goode will start the first game on the bench, he is hoping a combination of his form as Saracens secured a maiden Premiership title and the Churchill Cup will provide the platform for him to progress.

"I think like anything it is important to do well, but the fact you've played well in the semi-final and then final of the Premiership will stand out for you," admitted Goode, a talented sportsman, who was on the books at Ipswich Town, a national schools athlete and a county tennis player.

"I trust in my own ability and I'm confident in the way I play, so I hope some good performances at the Churchill Cup will put me in the picture."
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"You always want to play well, though, when you pull on an England shirt, no matter at what level. If you can do that and you and the team can perform then hopefully people will sit up and take notice.

Impress

"I want to try and get into the training group for the World Cup. I've done the Saxons a few times now and I want to take that next step up. I'm young and impatient so I hope that I can get the chance to impress.

"I trust in my own ability and I'm confident in the way I play, so I hope some good performances at the Churchill Cup will put me in the picture.

"Stuart Lancaster, the Saxons coach, has spoken to me a few times but they have left me to concentrate on Saracens and that has stood me in fairly good stead this season."

England have a proud history in the tournament, but with the US Eagles, Tonga, Russia and Canada all looking to throw down markers for the World Cup - and Italy A including plenty of experienced campaigners - Goode knows the five-time winners will not have things their own way.

"The Churchill Cup last year was a tough competition over in America," said Goode, who at 23 is one of the 'veterans' of the England squad.

"There were some hard teams to play with America, Canada and France. Home territory might help us out this time but it will be hard again.

"Canada, in particular, are a really good side. They will bring over their World Cup squad and will be very hard to beat."

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