Ojo eyes England recall
Exiles winger determined to force his way back
Last Updated: 19/12/08 3:07pm
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Discarded England winger Topsy Ojo is determined to use his domestic form to force his way back into the international picture.
"It is hard watching England when you have been there because you want that opportunity to show what you can do on the international stage."
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Ojo won his only two caps on the tour to New Zealand in the summer - and while the team struggled, the 23-year-old winger impressed with two tries on his debut.
However despite an encouraging tour, Ojo was overlooked when the elite performance squad for the autumn internationals was named.
And Ojo has had to look on enviously as club-mates Delon Armitage and Nick Kennedy performed admirably during the four matches.
However with Josh Lewsey retiring, there is now a spot free in the elite squad - and Ojo is determined to make it his by impressing England boss Martin Johnson.
"These next few weeks will be an important time for me," said Ojo.
"It is hard watching England when you have been there because you want that opportunity to show what you can do on the international stage.
"Being there, experiencing the whole thing, does make you much hungrier to taste it again.
"The best way to get recognised is to play well for your club and hopefully that shot will come. It came last year and I did really well. That can happen again.
"The key for me has been consistency and I have been really happy with my form. I have scored four tries which is more than I had at this stage last season.
"Things have gone well so far and if I can keep that going then fingers crossed I can get bumped up to that England squad. I need to be ready to take an opportunity if it comes up."