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Former England and Wasps flanker James Haskell says that being left out of both of the England squads was “gutting” and has vowed to work harder to get back in with Martin Johnson’s Elite.


Shortly after Martin Johnson named his England Elite and England Saxons squads Haskell logged on to his twitter account and spoke of his “gutting” omission.


He said: “I am out the england squad which is gutting on every level but another challenge which I accept and will dominate.”


Haskell who is still only 24 recently left London Wasps and signed with Stade Francais in France’s Top14 even though the RFU said that players moving to France could risk their England places.


A few England players based in France were named in the squad.


Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) and Riki Flutey (Brive) were included but Andy Goode, Jamie Noon, Steve Thompson (all Brive), Tom May (Toulon) and Tom Palmer (joining Haskell at Stade Francais) were all left out in the cold.


Haskell was not happy that some French based England players were excluded from the squad while others were not.


“Seems a shame that people made such a fuss about me going to france when in the end it was a storm in a tea cup. French players are in squad.”


“Bottom line I have to play better and work harder.”


“Getting into the stade team is task number one.”


“I love a challenge.”


Haskell’s former Wasps team mate Danny Cipriani started last November as England’s first choice fly half but ended as a bench player for Saxons.

 

He was named as a Saxons player and Jonny Wilkinson will start as England’s first choice fly half.

London Wasps wing Paul Sackey dropped down to the Saxons squad.

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