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Danny Care was named man of the match as England drew in South Africa

Danny Care was named man of the match as England drew in South Africa

Danny Care was named man of the match as England drew in South Africa

Recalled scrum-half Danny Care believes England have proved they can match the world's best over the past three weeks.

England lost their three-Test series in South Africa 2-0 but return home with a lot of credit after two battling defeats and a creditable draw. Care also made a triumphant return to the side with a starring role in the 14-14 draw which wrapped up the tour on a positive note at Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The 25-year-old said: "We were disappointed to draw at the end but we will take the positives - we have taken a massive step forward and hopefully we can build some momentum for the autumn."

He added: "I think it has reconfirmed our belief that we can beat the best sides in the world.

"We have had three games against a very tough team, one of the best in the world, and we have drawn one and lost two.

"That isn't good enough but we have taken big steps forward. Everyone is dying to get back in an England shirt in the autumn."

Care missed last year's World Cup through injury and was then dropped for the RBS 6 Nations by head coach Stuart Lancaster after a series of alcohol-related off-field incidents.

Care said: "It has been nearly a year since I last started for England and it was awesome to be out there, starting and playing a full game.

"I'm grateful to Stuart for giving me the chance to play again and show what I can do. It is just a shame we didn't get the win we all wanted.

"We have high standards and hopefully we can build on this performance."

PA