Ben Te’o’s decision to call time on his England career by moving to French side Toulon “stinks”, says former England back Ugo Monye.
“I’m disappointed,” said Monye on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly.
“I think it is borderline disrespectful. For me, playing for your country is the pinnacle. It is something that millions of people dream of doing and only a few get a chance to do so.
“You can’t come and swear allegiance to the country and then the moment things get a bit bumpy, catch the next flight to the south of France. It doesn’t sit well with me at all.”
He added: “I know he doesn’t have a club and he doesn’t have finance, but I’m sure he could have offered his services to a Premiership club as a World Cup joker, he could have got a club,
“There are those sitting on standby waiting for a phone call and keeping fit because the World Cup is something they all want to be part of. After the patience and investment that was put into him, to effectively stick his fingers up to the Rugby Football Union is not great.
“England have been great to him and my understanding is that he did not make a phone call to let them know he was off to Toulon, I think that is poor.”