Ben Foden: Northampton Saints star targets England after injury
Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden believes he is in his best physical condition for two years as he pursues a place in the England squad.
The 29-year-old has had numerous injuries, with his pre-season this summer hampered by an ankle problem.
"I have struggled with injuries," he told BBC Radio Northampton.
"In the last two years this is the first time I've felt like the old me and hopefully I can put in performances and press for that England shirt."
Foden, who has 34 caps, has been unable to oust Mike Brown from the England full-back position since suffering an ankle injury in 2012.
|Former Northampton full-back and BBC Radio Northampton commentator Ian Hunter|
|"It's been a long time coming, but Ben Foden was back to his brilliant best in the win against Bath.|
|"It's been a long hard slog for Ben going from injury to injury, but Saturday reminded us of why he's one of the most potent attacking full-backs in Britain.|
|"Great lines of running and the perfect use of a cut-out pass can create havoc and fear for a broken field defence.|
|"There is no doubt that Mike Brown is nailed on for the number 15 jersey - but the sight of a fit and confident Ben Foden will give him and England a gentle reminder that having the x-factor wins games."|
But he had started to make an impact on the wing for Stuart Lancaster's side last season until a knee problem ruled him out again.
And after a pre-season affected by another ankle issue, he was restricted to replacement appearances in Northampton's first two games of this season, with James Wilson preferred at full-back, before starts in the last two matches.
"I feel James is a 13 - that's where he plays his best rugby," former Sale back Foden joked.
"He's a quality player. He can play anywhere - 10, 12, 13, winger, 15. He's a great asset to our club.
"It's good for me to have that pressure. He's a natural footballer.
"After that game against Gloucester, I thought it might be a while until I get my shot but luckily I've managed to go out there and show why they selected me."