Former England player Nick Easter is a huge fan of Toulon open side Steffon Armitage but unlike several other former England stalwarts, he doesn’t want to see him return to the England fold.
Armitage put in a man of the match display against Leinster in last month’s Heineken Cup quarter final for the French side and that performance has seen the former London Irish player’s stock rise exponentially.
Armitage made his debut back in 2010 against France and he has earned just five caps for England till date and Easter, who played with him during all those matches, is hoping Stuart Lancaster, the England boss, ignores the calls to reintroduce him to the England setup.
Easter believes Armitage should make up his mind and return to the Aviva Premiership where he can play against someone like Chris Robshaw before he is considered for a return to the England fold.
According to Nick Easter, the England team decided to impose a certain set of laws in order to keep the domestic league competitive and it prohibits players plying their trade abroad from playing in the national team and he thinks breaking the rule for Amritage would set a bad precedent.
With Leicester Tigers fly half set to quit England for a move to France, there might be calls to select him for England in the future as well.
Armitage has been endorsed for a return to play for the England national team by former players and coaches alike, including the likes of Sir Clive Woodward and Will Greenwood.
But Nick Easter thinks it was his decision to move to France and he turned him back on the country and the country shouldn’t stoop down for him to accept a return to the national team, no matter what the calls from the public are.