Former England winger Dan Luger has blasted Saracens FC player Chris Ashton for the lack of X-factor in his game, adding that he doesn’t understand why the player is still being courted by the team.
Luger, who played for England for five years, made 38 appearances for the national team scoring 24 tries but his biggest moment in professional rugby came when in 2003, that famous drop goal by Jonny Wilkinson won England the Rugby World Cup title.
And he is completely baffled by the decision of Stuart Lancaster to still play the Saracens FC player who has just scored three tries in his last twenty test appearances for England.
Ashton was given starts in all three of their autumn international matches but it was expected that he would make way for someone else in the team in the second match of the series against Argentina but injuries to the likes of Christian Wade and Marland Yarde meant that Lancaster had no other option but to start with Chris Ashton and Ben Foden on the flanks, a partnership that also played during their encounter against New Zealand.
However, Luger believes it is time that England starts looking for alternatives on the flanks. Speaking to a local media outlet, he just doesn’t understand why he is still a part of the England squad, adding that on current form, he doesn’t even make the second grade team.
He mentioned that if Chris Ashton is the best option for England, then that is definitely a worrying sign for the future because very simply, he cannot defend.
Luger mentioned that he has lost that X-factor that he had, mentioning that when he burst onto the scene, a lot was expected of him but he has failed to deliver on his promise and that isn’t good enough.