Andy Goode has questioned Eddie Jones’ England squad
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Youngsters should have to earn their England selection
Rugby legend Andy Goode has questioned England head coach Eddie Jones’ decision to take a number of young, inexperienced players in his 31-man squad to tour Argentina this summer.
Speaking on The Rugby Pod, the flyhalf said it was commendable to look to the future but that England caps are special and shouldn’t be dished out to youngsters who haven’t earned them.
“A development tour is great but this isn’t a development tour.” explained Goode.
“It is two fully fledged international games and boys are going to get caps that, in my opinion, don’t deserve them on form ahead of other guys who are playing exceptionally well in the Premiership,
“Looking long term is great but they’re England caps, you can’t just dish them out for free without players having grafted and earned the right to get them.
“He’s picked Joe Cokanasiga, the London Irish winger, and he hasn’t played a Premiership game,
“A lot of people will say that Eddie Jones is brilliant for looking to the future but Christian Wade and Semesa Rokoduguni, who are the two top try-scorers in the Premiership, haven’t got a sniff of the England tour.
“Cokanasiga is a big unit and a young kid and he will be a very good player but Wade is tearing up trees in the Premiership, as is Rokodoguni.
“With Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell on the Lions tour, they have got to be the next two cabs off the rank on form.”