Robshaw wants players to take their chance
England captain Chris Robshaw has put a positive spin on the loss of utility back Ben Foden for the autumn internationals.
Foden was ruled out of the upcoming clashes with Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand after damaging ankle ligaments while playing for Northampton against Bath last Friday. It is a big blow for the Red Rose as his versatility makes Foden a vital member of the squad but England do have a number of options to replace the 27-year-old. They will also have to do without Leicester flanker Tom Croft and, while admitting that both players will be missed, Robshaw feels their absence will give other fringe players a chance to show what they can do against the very best in the world. "Foden and Croft are both in the leadership group with responsibility in the squad, so of course they will be massive losses to the side," he said. "But with that, it gives an opportunity to someone else to come in. "The likes of Mike Brown and Alex Goode are both playing very well at the moment and I'm sure there will be other players who will push their credentials as well." Scrum-half Ben Youngs and prop Alex Corbisiero are also inured at present but could play some part against the southern hemisphere quartet and Robshaw insists that to be the best in the sport, England need a strong squad with players able to slip seamlessly into the ranks. "Unfortunately, injuries are something that happens in our sport and we have to be able to react and have faith in the players coming in, not just to do a good job but do a great job and put pressure on another player to get back in the side," he added.