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VIDEO – Players must maintain high standards says Strettle

01 March 2012

  • England wing shifts his focus to clash in Paris
  • Players must maintain standards and consistency – Strettle

David Strettle says he has put the 'try or no try' debate out of his mind as his focus turns to the clash against France in Paris on March 11.

Strettle was close to scoring a last-gasp try against Wales which, if converted, would have levelled the scores but the decision of the TMO went against England handing Wales the Triple Crown and leaving the World Cup semi-finalists on course for a Grand Slam.

The Saracens wing told RFUtv that England had produced a much-improved attacking performance at Twickenham and have shown fans the type of play they are capable of, but that he was frustrated not to be awarded the try in the last play of the game.

"Obviously I was very frustrated at the time but like you say it’s in the past now so I’m just looking forward to the next game," he said.

Strettle has made three consecutive starts for England during the RBS 6 Nations and won his tenth cap against Wales, where he looked dangerous with the ball in hand and produced a try-saving tap tackle on George North early on in the first half.

The 28-year-old has established himself as a first choice wing for England and credits his performances at Saracens in recent years for giving him the opportunity to prove himself on the international stage.

"I think I have been pretty consistent over the last five years," he explained. "It is frustrating at times when you think are performing well and you’re not getting selected but a lot of players can say that.

"I think it’s important as a player when you play in the Premiership to maintain your standards and keep pushing and it’s just a case of then waiting for the opportunity and when you get it, taking it.

"It’s been unfortunate for me because I think my England career has been interrupted with me being injured when I have been playing for England but that is something that has happened, that you have got to accept and when you do get a good run in the team make sure your standards are up there and playing well to keep your shirt."

But despite performing well on the pitch, Strettle says competition for places within Head Coach Stuart Lancaster’s squad is tough.

David Strettle appears to cross the line against Wales with the try is ruled out by the TMO

Photo: Getty Images

He adds: "I think the culture that we are trying to create in this team is that everyone feels part of it whether you are starting or not. I think that’s a very important thing for a squad. It’s obviously very good when you get the starts and you get the consistency. Obviously for every player, if they get a start one week they want to work on it and make sure they keep the shirt for next time.

"It is good because obviously you feel like you are performing well and it means you warrant selection next time which is good. It’s very tough, competition is fierce so it is something all the boys are wary and everyone is training hard and playing hard."

Strettle is relishing the chance to be selected to face France in what he says will be a "massive occasio"n but he says that while England have dramatically upped their attacking performance against Wales, people should not forget their defensive efforts in the victories over Scotland and Italy.

"You want people to be talking about both aspects of your game," he added.