James Simpson-Daniel's Citizen column: I would be gobsmacked if Henry Trinder does not receive Engladn call-up
PROVIDED he maintains his early-season form, I would be gobsmacked if Henry Trinder doesn't receive an England call-up for the autumn now.
Given Manu Tuilagi's pectoral injury England coach Stuart Lancaster will have to make changes to his squad to cover the Leicester centre's absence.
And I would be hugely surprised if Trinder is not the man who steps up.
I'm loving how he's playing right now: if he keeps on doing what he's doing, then I see no reason why he could be overlooked.
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He had a great pre-season, is fit and strong and is bringing that sharpness to bear in the Premiership now.
You could always tell from the way he moved that he would be a seriously good player, even from a pretty young age.
But he's now starting to realise all that potential, after last season when he was extremely unlucky with a string of injuries.
Individually we're our own harshest critics really, because we want to push ourselves to be the best out there.
Henry's no different and I'm sure he will nit-pick plenty of areas for himself to still improve.
If he's going to be hyper-critical to help himself get better, then he would probably tell himself to be more dominant and vocal in attack.
He'll probably look too at how he reads the game in terms of opportunities, when to come flat to the line or when to play out the back of a forward using them as a decoy for example.
But like I said, that's being massively pedantic, because he is playing some excellent rugby right now.
It's great to see, and what he has to do now is just keep on keeping on.
If he can keep grinding that level of performance and hold that consistency, then he will be right up there and back in that England mix.