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Tom Croft harbours hope of England return

Tom Croft has not given up hope of an England return as he eyes European glory with Leicester.

The flanker has not played for his country for a year after a brutal list of injuries ravaged his recent career.

In 2012, the 30-year-old came close to being paralysed when he broke his neck and then missed virtually all of the 2013-14 season after a knee reconstruction

A dislocated shoulder last year also put him out, forcing him to miss the World Cup.

He is primed to face Stade Francais in the European Cup quarter-final on Sunday and Croft, who was handed a new deal at Welford Road last year, still has international ambitions.

"My game's always ongoing. There's always areas to improve. It's down to Eddie Jones and what he sees going forward," said fit-again Croft, who has made 17 starts this season.

"They had a great success in the Six Nations, so the likelihood is that he's not going to change too much from that recipe, but there's always points in my game I want to improve.

"That's why I'm glad to be fit, because it means I get to put those points right at the weekend. "

Croft played second row in Tigers' 19-16 European Cup final defeat to Leinster in 2009 and they have not won the competition since 2002.

Ben Youngs has already spoken of his desire to repeat the club's past success and Croft has echoed his team-mate.

He said: "I was very young. 2001 and 2002 I was still at school. I remember watching them - the old hand of (Neil) Back - those were the days. They are the iconic pictures, we have them all round the club -those two back-to-back trophies and you want to emulate that.

"You want to be the most recent team to have won the trophy. Same with the Premiership, same with the LV."


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