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I would like to be England regular – Leicester Tigers' Anthony Allen


Anthony Allen is showing the sort of form that could make him an England regular.

The centre has two caps to his name, which he picked up six years ago while playing for Gloucester.

But since his move to Welford Road, in 2009, he has had to be content with a place in the England Saxons squad.

Team-mate Matt Smith said earlier this week that, if he was an England selector, he would be picking him.

Allen was flattered by Smith's sentiments and said he hopes to add to his two full caps.

"I want to play for England, that's that," said the 26-year-old. "I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing here and, hopefully, the opportunity will come, it's just not to be yet. But, hopefully, soon.

"I just want to be doing the right thing here, playing well and being confident, so I'll be ready and confident, hopefully, when the opportunity comes – that's the plan."

After two weeks rest during the LV= Cup period, Allen has hit the ground running – his clever pass against London Welsh last Saturday played in Niall Morris for his try.

"I am happy with my game at the minute," said Allen. "I made a few good breaks, good decisions, some nice passes and am generally pleased all round.

"It was quite nice to have the two weeks to reflect and get my body back right.

"It's nice to get a bit of freshness in the legs and body, come back and push on."

Allen also paid tribute to his centre partner Smith after he was awarded his 100th cap against London Welsh.

Smith reached the landmark in the 28-12 victory on Saturday playing alongside Allen in the Tigers back-line.

In doing so, Smith and his father, Ian, became the first father-and-son duo to make 100 appearances for Tigers.

"We get on really well off the pitch," said Allen.

"It's a tight-knit group here at the club in general, but there are individuals that get on well and I'm good friends with Smithies.

"On the pitch our relationship is also good because we've played together a lot.

"The first couple of seasons after I came here we played a lot, just before Manu (Tuilagi) came on the scene."

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