Saracens' Matt Stevens harbouring England ambition

Matt Stevens
Stevens helped Saracens to a 24-9 win over Newcastle on Sunday

Saracens prop Matt Stevens hopes a continuation of his current form will be enough to earn him a place in England's 2011 World Cup squad.

Stevens, capped 32 times, returned from a two-year drugs ban in January.

"The only thing I can do is play well for Saracens. We're on a roll and we want to get to that Premiership final," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"If I can get there it gives me as good a chance [of playing for England] as anybody else," added the 28-year-old.

Stevens has made seven club appearances since his return and has bolstered a Sarries side that has lost only one of its last nine Premiership matches.

And, with September's World Cup in New Zealand on the horizon, the former Bath forward is concentrating on holding down a first-team place for Saracens' play-off push.

"It's a very competitive front row at Saracens - everyone's vying for positions," he said.

"We've got a lot of international players and guys who could be internationals.

"It's a difficult spot to get, so you get it and you hold on to it.

"I'm pushing for that place all the time and I'm happy with how things are going."

Saracens welcome Bath to Vicarage Road on Sunday, and Stevens is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

"I'm sure I'll get a very friendly hello when I play them," he joked.

"I don't know what front row they're going to start with - last week was David Flatman and Duncan Bell, two very good scrummagers.

"Obviously there is Lee Mears, an international hooker, so it's going to be a tough game."

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