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Matt Banahan wants an England return

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Banahan's last game for England was in 2011 (©GettyImages)
Banahan's last game for England was in 2011 (©GettyImages).

It has been a while since Matt Banahan last featured for England in a competitive game, but recently the 27-year-old stated his claim for a World Cup place in 2015.

Banahan featured frequently for Bath last season, picking up 18 league starts and scoring two tries, while in the Cup competitions the former Saxons player managed 11 games and scored seven tries.

But with his good form Banahan believes he should have some reward, as the long-serving Bath player spoke to BBC Sport and stated he is in top physical condition for a call-up, but understood it is only fair considering how he has been performing.

"This year I'm in a stone lighter than I was when I finished last year, I've given myself the best opportunity to get back in the England team, Banahan said.

"I want to keep performing well for Bath and if you play well for Bath, and we're at the top of the league, you can't get ignored at international level."

Bath

Banahan joined Bath in 2006 after some time in the London Irish youth academy, and after a year at Bath the Jersey born player didn't feature in the first team until the 2007.

At the age of 20 the winger had a phenomenal season playing 19 games and scoring ten tries, while playing ten times in cup competitions and scoring six times, as his debut season put the youngster on the map.

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Since his remarkable burst into the Premiership, Banahan hasn't really beat his opening season, but considering this the jersey winger knows how to score points having played 111 games and scoring 180 points in his eight years at the club.

England

On the international stage Banahan started off at the England Saxons before being on the fringes of England's starting 15, the Bath winger has featured four times for England in the 2010 Six Nations while making three substitute appearances in the 2011 World Cup.

Banahan has also featured in International friendlies under Martin Johnson, as the jersey player was a favourite with his brute force and pace becoming a good asset having played in nine friendlies in four years scoring four tries.

But at this moment, current England coach Stuart Lancaster has favourable wingers in the likes of Chris Ashton and Johnny May, while youngster Marland Yarde and Anthony Watson have also been given their chance to shine.

Since Lancaster has become head coach Banahan has been left in the cold and there is a case for this winger to feature for England in the future, but Lancaster has always been looking to the youngsters, as the winger may get his chance but it is Lancaster's call whether Banahan remains in Bath for 2015.

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