Rugby World Cup: Ben Morgan confident of England selection

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'I've got a mountain to climb' - Morgan

England forward Ben Morgan says he is confident of winning his battle with injury and being fit for the World Cup.

Morgan, 26, broke his left leg during a Gloucester club match in January.

However, the number eight, who has 27 caps, says his comeback is going well ahead of the start of the tournament on 18 September,

"Just going on the improvements over the past couple of weeks, if I continue, then yes, I feel very confident," he told BBC Points West.

England face Fiji in their World Cup opener with head coach Stuart Lancaster having until 31 August to confirm his 31-man squad.

Ben Morgan, Gloucester and England
Morgan is stretchered off during Gloucester's 24-23 win over Saracens in January

"Things are going well and I'm just rebuilding my ankle strength. I'm working hard and I'll continue doing that until I'm back running with the team," said Morgan,

"It's difficult for me to put a time on it and just take it day to day. All I know now is that things are going well."

When asked if he could make the World Cup, he replied: "I'd like to think so."

England also face Wales, Australia and Uruguay in their Pool A group and Morgan, speaking from England's training camp, admitted he was "desperate" to be involved.

Ben Morgan
Ben Morgan made his England debut in 2012 and has scored five tries in his 27 appearances so far

"I'm just really excited, it's a great honour to be involved here," he added.

"You are desperate as a player to be here. Having had that opportunity I don't want to let it go. There is nothing bigger than a home World Cup and at the moment it's within touching distance.

"There is a lot of hard work between now and then and even more hard work to get selected. I know I've got a mountain to climb but I've got my climbing shoes on and I'm raring to go."

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