England head coach Eddie Jones has promised change moving forward following their dismal Six Nations showing back in February and March.
With some stars away with the Lions this summer, the Aussie introduced many exciting prospects to the team as they thrashed Canada and the USA/
It now looks likely that several high-profile stars may have played their final appearance for their country as youngsters look to make the shirt their own.
“If we kept the squad we had now, we’d be too old for the World Cup. There is a certain profile of around 28 years of age for a World Cup-winning side,” Jones said.
“We have been bringing that down slowly over the last two years and we need to keep accelerating that because the more senior guys keep getting older.
“It’s about getting the balance right in the squad between what we have in terms of very good players and 11 good enough to play for the Lions, so they are pretty good players and if they keep their desire and form there is no reason why those guys can’t go to the World Cup.
“All of those guys are probably 25 and above as a general point, so we want to bring some younger guys in with energy, risklessness (sic) and desire that will lift the team higher and higher.”
Below we take a look at three seasoned internationals who may have played their final game for England.
#1. Jonny May
Replacement: Adams Radwan (Newcastle Falcons), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester)
May has underwhelmed since rejoining the Cherry & Whites while the likes of Adam Radwan and Ollie Hassell-Collins have stood out for their respective teams. Newcastle flyer Radwan, who was the top-scorer in the Championship last season, put the England winger on his ass twice as the two went head-to-head at Kingston Park earlier this season.
It’s, unfortunately, starting to look like May is on a downward slide after reaching his peak around 2018.