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Dylan Hartley believes Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona can force their way back into England set up.

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England captain Dylan Hartley has admitted to feeling let down by Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona after the two were sent home early from a recent training camp for disciplinary issues.

However, Hartley is confident that the pair could force their way back into the squad as they begin preparations for the Autumn internationals.

The two were booted from the camp after breaching the team code of conduct in an incident believed to be alcohol related on August 7.

The Test careers of both men are now shrouded in uncertainty, with Eddie Jones notoriously unforgiving when it comes to situations of this manner. Hartley, however, believes there is a way back for the two.

"We're a team and as a team we set our own standards off the field," Hartley said, as per Sky Sports.

"And ultimately those guys let us down in that area.

"We're a team and we've got a code of conduct that we adhere to. The team dealt with it and I'm sure those players will have their heads down and be working hard now to get back in the picture.

"Because they are good players, and both of them are worth having in your side."

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Hartley, though, was also supportive of his coach's decision to remove the pair from the camp, insisiting that it is now down to Tuilagi and Solomona and how they react.

Both are undoubtedly talented. While Tuilagi has spent large spells on the sidelines in recent times due to a string of unfortunate injuries, Jones is a long term admirer of the centre and said as much only days before sending Tuilagi home.

Solomona, on the other hand, has only just started out in international rugby, making his debut for the national team against Argentina earlier in the summer.

"It's unfortunate for them, but you make decisions, you've got to live with those decisions, and that's that," said Hartley.

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"But like I said, they are two valuable guys, so I know the type of characters they are, they'll be out there working hard and will be wanting a big start to the season just like the rest of us."

Of course, Hartley himself is no stranger to disciplinary issues and has been suspended for a staggering 60 weeks in total during his professional career.

Since being named captain, however, the 31-year-old has shone - leading England to back-to-back Six Nations triumphs.

Hartley was full of praise for the way in which Jones has mentored him and changed the path of his career.

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"I've done it long enough now to be able to manage both roles, if I get the chance.

"Neither captaincy is guaranteed: not at Saints or England. If I'm not playing well and the other hookers are, then I won't play.

"And on the international front, Eddie's never said 'you are the captain'. He's always told me 'play well, get in the team, and we'll go from there'. So that's my focus. You've got to earn it every time.

"Leadership is definitely something that can be practiced. You can make conscious decisions about how you act, conduct yourself and apply yourself."

"I think there's a lot of guys have that within them, but it needs bringing out. Eddie is very good at that."

England will face Argentina, Australia and Samoa in November.

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