Chris Ashton is determined to win his place back in Stuart Lancaster's starting line-up after a successful season with Saracens. 

Sarries take on Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup semi final this Saturday, and Ashton had a notable impact in the side's previous match where he scored two tries.

A win over the French side would put the Londoners into their first European final. 

With the Autumn Internationals on the horizon and places up for grabs in next year's World Cup squad, Ashton is aware of how important these next few games for his club could be for his international career. 

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm a great believer in everything happening for a reason. 

"I've got a couple of games left this season to put my hand up, and get back involved in New Zealand.

"These are the games I want to be involved in, it's another reason I came to this club. 

"I'll take the try if it comes at the weekend, but if it doesn't, I won't be forcing my hand to get it."

Lancaster has opted with Jonny May and Jack Norwell ahead of the former league player and both of them started in every Six Nations tie. 

At 27 years old, Ashton believes his experience at the last World Cup could sway the coach's decision in Autumn, but with England's ethos set on bringing through young talent, Lancaster may opt to stick with the pair currently playing well. 

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