Harlequins scrum-half and Premiership players of the month Danny Care is unlikely to be recalled by England after he was blacklisted by head coach Eddie Jones.
Care has hit some of the best form of his life, aged 34, as Harlequins have climbed into the Gallagher Premiership semi-final picture, earning accolades from BT Sport pundit and Gallagher ambassador Ugo Monye.
“Danny is one of my best mates and godfather to my daughter, but more seriously, he’s probably in the best form I’ve seen him in for a long time,” says Monye.
“I’m talking about his all-round game: his controlling game as a nine, the tempo he brings, his running threat and also his attacking, kicking threat.
“I think he’s been one of the big reasons why Harlequins have seen this turnaround in fortunes over the last couple of months and it’s good to see that being recognised on an individual level.”
Below, we look at Care and two other players who fell foul of the England boss.
#3. Danny Care
Former England start Kyran Bracken was the first person to reveal why the Quins playmaker was mysteriously frozen out of Jones plans in 2018 despite being a regular up until that point.
“He (Care) made the mistake of speaking his mind to Eddie Jones and questioning how he wanted him to play when he was playing with an England ‘B’ team against Japan in the autumn of 2018,” said Bracken.
“Eddie’s response to that was ‘that’s not the attitude I want’ and he binned him from his plans.”
This story was later backed up by England and Harlequins teammate Mike Brown.
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