The Saracens lock, Steve Borthwick who captained England in 20 of their past 23 Tests has revealed his disappintment at being dropped from the England Captaincy but vows to make himself better and return back one day. Having been forced to watch the games from the England Rugby Hospitality Tickets instead of play them, Borthwick is determined.
But having had time to get over the shock of his demotion, the 30 year-old vowed to prove that Martin Johnson was wrong to cast him adrift and said he intended to leave the England manager no option but to recall him to the national squad next season. Borthwick, who has won 57 caps but missed last month’s tour of Australia and New Zealand because of the knee injury that ruled him out of England’s final Six Nations match against France in March, has been edged out of the squad because of the impressive performances produced by Courtney Lawes, Tom Palmer and Dave Attwood on the trip.
Borthwick was on honeymoon in Bali when Johnson phoned to tell him the bad news but he refused to criticise the England manager for the timing of the call, which he said left him feeling “incredibly unhappy”.
“Selection was announced on the Thursday and Johnno rang me a couple of days before to make sure I didn’t find out any other way,” Borthwick told The Daily Telegraph.
“I have to respect Johnno for doing that and in showing me the respect to give me that call. Where I was in the world and what I was doing was entirely up to me. He can’t control that.
“I was incredibly unhappy but I was certainly not going to dwell on those emotions because they are not good emotions to have. It is up to me to train, get myself in good condition and play good rugby.”