England centre Jonathan Joseph is fully focused on beating South Africa

Last Updated: 22/11/12 10:35am

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Jonathan Joseph in action against South Africa earlier this year

Jonathan Joseph in action against South Africa earlier this year

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England centre Jonathan Joseph refuses to be distracted by the hype ahead of Saturday's clash with South Africa at Twickenham.

The London Irish star has been called into Stuart Lancaster squad amid comparisons with the legendary Jeremy Guscott, and admits he is flattered but determined to focus on the task in hand.

Joseph said: "I quite like the comparison. I've been told it a few times and it's great to be compared to a player like Jeremy Guscott. It's a great honour.

"I just have to keep working hard on what I am trying to bring to rugby and my game. I'm different to a few of the centres we've got and the coaches know that. It's about getting my game as good as it can be.

"It's great for me to learn off Mike Catt and Andy Farrell and the senior players. I like getting the ball in my hands, creating space for others and myself and using footwork.

"That's my best attribute but you have to get front ball to do that. It's getting the right balance."

Joseph will operate from the bench after Lancaster opted to keep faith with the centre pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt.

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