Sharples plays down chances
Gloucester winger refuses to rest on my laurels
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: June 10, 2010 2:30pm
Sharples: England ambitions
Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples believes talk of him being ready for an England call-up are premature, but admits that he would relish the chance to represent his country.
The Hong Kong-born 20-year-old has impressed this season for the Cherry and Whites, scoring 12 tries in 18 starts, as his side finished just outside the top six.
This form hasn't gone unnoticed, and with head coach Martin Johnson keen to give youth a chance there has been talk of Sharples being offered an opportunity to show what he can do on the international stage.
However, the Gloucester academy graduate, who has represented England at Under-20 level, told skysports.com that he needs to continue to develop his game and keep playing well for his club.
"Last season was probably the first season where I've had regular game time in the first-team," he said.
"I had a debut couple of games in my first year and then last season I played a fair bit towards the back end of the campaign due to injuries, suspensions and the Six Nations tournament, but this year has seen me play regularly throughout.
"It has been a very important year for me personally and I am very happy with the way it has gone, but I won't be resting on my laurels because that is when you come undone.
"I will just keep pushing for a place in the side and try to push for better honours.
"I think that every young English player dreams about turning out for his country one day, but before you start thinking of that you need to be playing well on a regular basis for your club.
"The players who are playing well in the Premiership will obviously move on to bigger and better things, so the most important thing for me is to perform for Gloucester and then anything that comes off the back of that will be a tremendous bonus."