Care eyes momentum
Recalled scrum-half looks for England to build on creditable draw
Last Updated: 24/06/12 12:54pm
Danny Care: Believes England took a massive step forward in South Africa
Danny Care believes England can build momentum following their morale-boosting 14-14 draw in the last Test against South Africa.
The recalled scrum-half scored the tourists' only try in the creditable draw which halted a run of two defeats in the three-Test series.
Care now believes the tourists can push on and build some momentum going into the autumn.
He said: "We were disappointed to draw at the end but we will take the positives - we have taken a massive step forward and hopefully we can build some momentum for the autumn.
"We were disappointed to draw at the end but we will take the positives - we have taken a massive step forward and hopefully we can build some momentum for the autumn."
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"I think it has reconfirmed our belief that we can beat the best sides in the world.
"We have had three games against a very tough team, one of the best in the world, and we have drawn one and lost two.
"That isn't good enough but we have taken big steps forward.
"Everyone is dying to get back in an England shirt in the autumn."
The 25-year-old missed last year's World Cup through injury and was then dropped for the RBS 6 Nations by head coach Stuart Lancaster after a series of alcohol-related off-field incidents.
The Harlequins half-back was warned he would have to reform his ways to stand any chance of earning an international recall.
He proved he had done that by finishing the domestic season strongly but, behind Ben Youngs and Lee Dickson in the pecking order, had to sit out the first two Tests.
A shoulder injury to Youngs allowed him the chance to start in Port Elizabeth and he grasped the opportunity by producing a dynamic display.
Care added: "It has been nearly a year since I last started for England and it was awesome to be out there, starting and playing a full game.
"I don't know where the man of the match came from but I'll take it! It was great to be back out there.
"I'm grateful to Stuart for giving me the chance to play again and show what I can do.
"It is just a shame we didn't get the win we all wanted.
"I thought our defence was outstanding, the forwards defended their hearts out.
"We stopped them pretty well, only letting them score one try, but that was one try too many for us.
"We have high standards and hopefully we can build on this performance."