Brown fully focused on England
Mike Brown's ears pricked up when he heard that Rob Kearney is struggling with injury and the British and Irish Lions might be in the market for a replacement full-back.
The Lions are giving Kearney every chance of staying on tour but should his hamstring tear prove too severe, Brown and his England rival Ben Foden would both be candidates for a call-up. Brown briefly allowed himself to consider the prospect but immediately brought himself back into the here and now because he has an England shirt to claim and a Test match against Argentina to win.
"If I was to be called up (by the Lions) it would be a dream come true but I am not really thinking about that at all," Brown said.
"I am fully focused on where I am. I have a big job just to get in the team above Fodes, who is a world-class player. And I am trying to be a leader here as well. It is the first time I have been part of that group and I am really enjoying it.
"It is about setting the right examples on and off the field. (Head coach) Stuart (Lancaster) wants to see leaders push forward and I want to be one of those guys."
England say there has been no contact from the Lions regarding any potential call-up for either Brown or Foden. Lancaster plans to finalise his selections for the first Test on Tuesday night. Foden does not believe he has done enough to start at full-back ahead of Brown, despite an outstanding performance in the Aviva Premiership final and two tries against the CONSUR XV.
"I am a little bit behind," Foden said. "Browny has had to be patient to get his shot at 15. He has done very well in the Premiership and he played very well on the wing during the Six Nations so I think I am looking at number two at the moment.
"I have got to fight my way to the top. I am sure he will be playing well at the weekend so I need to make that selection issue as hard as possible for Stuart by performing in training and keeping the pressure on."
Brown feels he learned a lot from his time on England's left wing but he has trained exclusively at full-back on this tour, which is his preferred role. Christian Wade is set to start on the right wing and there is fierce competition for the left wing, with Marland Yarde, David Strettle and Jonny May all in the squad.
"I have a greater understanding of what a wing's role is, which is great for a full-back when you are trying to marshall the two guys out wide," said Brown, who is looking for England to find their cutting edge again after just one try in their last four Tests.