Toby Flood hopes to relaunch his international career with Germany if hopes of an England return are over.
The Newcastle Falcons fly-half won the last of his 60 caps for England in 2013 before moving to Toulouse.
Despite now being eligible again, a recall seems very unlikely with George Ford and Owen Farrell cemented in Eddie Jones’ squad.
“If there was any way of trying to help a fledgling rugby country, it would interest me,” Flood told The Times.
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“I would love to have a conversation about it with anyone in Germany to see what my prospects are.
“I have always been proud of being German. My mum is the last remaining true Lieven and she went back to Germany about ten years ago to put together a family tree so if there was a chance to connect into that it would be great.”
Toby Flood and five other players who could have played for Germany instead
1. Toby Flood
His maternal grandfather was German actor Albert Lieven, who appeared in The Guns of Navarone. Due to his 60 England cap, the only way the fly-half can qualify for Germany is if he plays for the country in the 2020 Olympics sevens qualifiers, to be held in 2019.
2. Matt Kvesic
Kvesic was born in Iserlohn, Germany, where his father was posted with the British Army. He is of Croatian descent on his father’s side and Polish on his mother’s. The flanker represented England at international level and played for several youth representative sides before making his debut for the senior team in 2013.