Chris Ashton in a recent comment said he has a “burning desire” to play for England. However, decided after facing ban for biting that, it is the time to move to France.
Ashton in a short interview told BBC sport that, when I faced the prohibition, then I felt I needed to move out of England.
On the other hand, the Toulon-bound Saracens said the two sides obstacles meant the player has accepted that his test career is over.
“I enjoy playing for Saracens, but my desire to play for England is still there, by going to France it seems like I am out of the picture,” Ashton said in the show 5 live’s Rugby.
“Watching England is very tough, although I have made my decision by now and it is a lot easier,” he added.
“The strong desire to play for the team is always there and it will be; only the path was changed slightly, but moving to France takes that away.”
The move of Ashton to Toulon puts the former Wigan and Northampton rugby league winger out of the running for an England recall. Now, the Rugby Football Union is not allowing the outside players to be picked. To be the part of the England’s team, the player has to be from within the Premiership.
The player in his 39 caps has scored 19 tries for England and the last one came in the 2014 summer.
After being found guilty, biting Northampton prop Alex Waller, He was given a 13-week ban and it was his second lengthy suspension. He was banned for 10 weeks in 2015 for eye-gouging that cost him his position in England.
Ashton said, “I am responsible to put myself in situations like this. And I realize my mistake”.