Christian Wade: Wasps wing did not fear being 'forgotten'

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport
Christian Wade
Wade marked his first Wasps appearance for nine months with two tries

Wasps winger Christian Wade says he had no fears about dropping out of the England picture during his nine months on the sidelines.

The 23-year-old scored two tries on his return from a foot injury for Wasps in Saturday's 34-28 defeat by Saracens.

"If you get caught up in worrying about being forgotten, it affects your club rugby," he told BBC Sport.

"Your club is your bread and butter. If you're playing well there, you can get rewarded on the international stage."

Wade damaged foot ligaments in November, just a few months after making his first appearances for England and the British & Irish Lions.

A hamstring problem had already seen him miss the 2013 Autumn Internationals and after foot surgery, he went on to sit out the Six Nations.

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"I had a lot of free time. For me it was all about Netflix and going to different events, a few premieres and stuff. I've watched a lot of Breaking Bad, Entourage, Suits."

But Wade says the prolonged break from rugby may benefit him over the next 12 months, with the World Cup coming to England in September 2015.

"It possibly came at a good time," said Wade, who had scored five tries last term before his season was curtailed.

"Now I've had that rest and if things go how I want them to go then I will be in good stead.

"I had a really long season the year before. It was probably inevitable I was going to get an injury of some sort. I see it as a break away from rugby, from the physical side of things."

Stuart Lancaster is set to name his England squad next month for November's internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

And while Wade says he is concentrating on re-establishing himself in the Wasps side, the High Wycombe-born winger has maintained contact with the England coaches.

"We've got all their phone numbers, so we can contact them. Stuart, Andy Farrell (backs coach) and the psychologist," he said.

"If you want to arrange a meeting and go through your games, the opportunities are there."