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Nine Tests, no try and it's killing me, admits England winger Ashton
 
louis vuitton artsy Chris Ashton will try to prove that lightning can strike twice and take out his angst on Australia on Saturday - to ensure the run of Tests without a try which is 'killing him' doesn't reach double-figures. Saracens' 25-year-old cross-code wing is back in England's starting XV for the second QBE International at Twickenham after serving a one-game ban for three yellow-card offences this season. Having tackled his defensive flaws, so to speak, Ashton is hell-bent on giving another vivid illustration of his enduring attacking qualities in the fixture which sent his career into orbit two years ago. Last Saturday, as the national team demolished Fiji in their autumn opener, notching up seven tries along the way, their most potent finisher lost the will to watch at about the hour mark. 'It was so frustrating that I had to leave after 60 minutes - I couldn't watch it any more,' said Ashton. 'I was pleased for Charlie (Sharples) scoring some tries, but it was frustrating to see so many tries being scored and not being able to be involved. I had to sit and watch from the stand. 'Two weeks have gone pretty slow, especially when you are not allowed to play. It has been a tough two weeks and I am glad they are over. I'm glad to be back involved.' This of all matches brings back particularly warm memories for Ashton, which may just help him in his quest to hit the ground running on his first Test appearance since June. In 2010, the Wallabies came to Twickenham and England gloriously beat them at their own open game. With several tyros in the home ranks, Martin Johnson's team swept to a scorching 35-18 victory founded on a classic act of audacious counter-attacking class.
 
louis vuitton canvas bag When England won turnover possession on their own line, Ben Youngs opted against a clearance kick and instead dummied outside then darted into space before passing out to Courtney Lawes. Three and easy: Alex Goode, Danny Care and Ashton The rookie lock drew a defender before sending Ashton hurtling clear and he left Drew Mitchell choking on his vapour trail as he swerved infield and clear to the posts. The try was rounded off by the first nationwide airing of the 'Ash Splash' swan dive. Looking back to that heady occasion, Ashton said: 'It is the way Australia play - it is an open game, so you are encouraged to play that way. That is what  happened on that day. It was only my second game at Twickenham and we'd just been beaten by the All Blacks, so we needed to get some confidence back. That was the first sign of us playing together and being a decent team. 'It was just one of those days, wasn't it? They only happen every once in a while and thankfully we took it with both hands that day. People do still talk about it, but I've got a feeling it might not happen on Saturday. I hope it does! 'We had some new faces then so there was a "no fear" mentality. It is relatively similar this time. We have quite a lot of new people. We will have to see how they come at us. Our defence is a lot stronger than it was last time. We are in a better place now.' On a personal level, Ashton will be in a much better place if he can get back in the old routine of scoring tries for fun. Following a prolific start to his Test career, the purple patch has become a fading memory. The last time he touched down was during last year's World Cup, in the final pool match against Scotland in Auckland on October 1. Since then, nine Tests and nil points have left him in a state of considerable anxiety, as he admitted.
 
louis vuitton business card holder 'Yeah, of course, I've thought about it,' said Ashton. 'It's killing me, but there's nothing I can do about it. I haven't changed anything, I'm just trying to do exactly what I do normally. It's just one of those things. 'It doesn't help either that the games have been spread out over a long period of time, so you stop and you start again. You go back to your club and score for them, but it is killing me not scoring for  England. Hopefully I can change that soon. I'm a lot happier if I have scored during a game.' Ashton has made a concerted effort to address the flaws in his defensive work - part technical and part temperamental. He has been grafting behind the scenes in response to the surreal scenario whereby he was 'warned' to work on his tackling by the RFU's judicial officer, Judge Jeff Blackett. Asked what he has done since that dressing down, he said: 'I've been getting smashed by James Haskell and Thomas Waldrom a lot and attempting to tackle them back, but not hitting them half as hard! 'We do quite a lot of defensive work on Tuesdays and I've been doing bits after training with Andy Farrell. It's just about channelling it in the right way. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment in a game you get caught up in certain situations and get carried away. But the older you get and the more experienced you get, you hope that you'll fade away from that.' He also put the problem down to his formative years as a budding rugby league player, adding: 'Tackling with no arms was what we did growing up and so sometimes you revert back to that.' Having recalled Ashton as the only change to his starting XV, England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: 'You never want to give your international shirt away and as a consequence he has had a tough lesson.
 
louis vuitton weekend bag He has done plenty of work on his tackling technique and we have made sure he controls his competitive instincts in the right way.' On the subject of Ashton's nine-Test sequence without a try, Lancaster said: 'Wings are often the end product of opportunities created by the team. We have to create as many try-scoring opportunities as we can and knowing him as I do, I am sure he will take them.' Jack Wilshere has welcomed his return to the England fold after the injury-induced hiatus to his fledgling career and, even in defeat, was left encouraged by his first taste of life at this level under "an English manager" in Roy Hodgson. The Arsenal midfielder's late cameo in the 4-2 defeat by Sweden in Stockholm represented his first involvement for his country since draw with Switzerland at Wembley in June 2011. A serious ankle injury, and subsequent knee complaint, had left him on the sidelines ever since with his reintegration at club level to date amounting to three first-team appearances and four run-outs in the development squad. "It's been great to be back," said Wilshere having spent three days with the England squad prior to that 28-minute appearance at the Friends Arena. "It's a whole new squad, a whole new manager, new coaching staff, and it's been great to be back around them and see how they want to work with me. It's totally different to when the other manager [Fabio Capello] was in and I like it. It's an English manager and it's good that he knows the history and everything. It's good to be around an English manager. I'm glad I came. It's a pleasure to play for England and I will never say no."
 
louis vuitton man bag The midfielder's first five caps had been gained under Capello, a manager who had invested considerable faith in the 20-year-old's ability and handed him a debut against Hungary in the first friendly fixture after the disappointing 2010 World Cup finals. In that context Wilshere's comments appear less of a criticism of the previous regime and more a reflection of his enthusiasm at life under Hodgson, who has already suggested he will grant the youngster time to recover his form and fitness in the hope he can play a key role in qualifying for Brazil 2014. "I'm getting there: I don't feel 100% yet and everyone can see that," said Wilshere. "But I'm getting there and feel better and better as every game goes on. I need to get some games under my belt and properly get back into the swing of things and we see where we go. It's just great to be back. To spend 17 months on the sidelines is tough for anyone and it's hard to see everyone go out training and then to go and watch games at the Emirates Stadium. It would be tough for anyone. But to be back playing is great. "With England it was just as frustrating. It had all happened quite quickly – I got five caps in a year where, before that, I hadn't been involved in anything. Now I hope I can go on and win more caps. Sharpness comes with games and this is like my pre-season basically. Small things, like being in the right position when the ball drops in midfield, will come. I'm feeling better and better with every game. This is all new to me – it was my first long-term injury – but I'm sure everyone will notice when I'm back to my best."
 
louis vuitton duffle bag There was praise, too, for Steven Gerrard's achievement in achieving his 100th cap in Stockholm, with the Liverpool and England captain an inspiration for the young pretender. "Any young English midfielder would look up to someone like that, especially his long passing and his vision," added Wilshere. "For me, he is one of the best midfielders in the world. He still is, and he has been at the top of his game for eight or nine years. He is definitely to look up to and it's great to have him around the squad. "He talks to me, on and of the pitch, and Sweden was the first time I've played with him. So it's a pleasure to play with someone like that. You can see he is naturally fit. He has got a good build and he is still running 12-13 kilometres a game, he's box to box, and if you ask him to play 90 minutes or 120 minutes, as you saw in the Euros, he can still do it. What he has managed is a great achievement." The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared that the sale of Luis Suarez is “not even a discussion point” – though there appears to be no prospect of Roberto Mancini approaching his board to ask Manchester City to buy the player. Suarez pledged his own commitment to Liverpool last night, stating that, "now I'm here, it's all about enjoying myself and trying to be here for as many years as I can, because I'm at a club where I'm very happy." City will make no move for him, in any case. The club cannot entirely account for who might claim to be speaking for Roberto Mancini, amid suggestions that the manager wants to buy Suarez. But it seems unlikely that he would press the new Spanish axis at the top of the club – chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain – to lay out the £20m-a-year needed in each of the next four years to bring Suarez to the Etihad. Begiristain has already spent a substantial amount of time with Mancini as part of the fact-finding work which will precede any venture into the transfer market. Though Mancini has been characterized as unwilling to accept the strictures imposed on spending by Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) legislation, he is more realistic than has been widely appreciated on what represents good value for the club. The purchase of Suarez would certainly blow a major hole in the club's attempts to comply with FFP and thus secure a license to play European football. If the player were purchased for £40m on a four-year deal, the club would take a £10m hit each year for four years on its profit and loss account – a figure which would count towards financial fair play calculations. But it is the player's wages which would deliver the biggest blow to the club's attempts to draw closer to the £18m figure. If Suarez were to command a salary of £1m a month, less than City's Carlos Tevez but in line with others among the game's best-paid players, that would take the annual hit to the club up to £22m a year, including wages and transfer fee. Rodgers, who has made Stewart Downing aware of the fact that he will make him available in the January transfer window, said he had no fear that Suarez would be affected by talk of City interest. "We want to continue to build the group around Luis. We are in the very early stages of trying to form something at the club and Luis is an integral part of that," the manager said. Liverpool will seek a straight transfer for Downing, whose promising performances for Liverpool, such as last season's League Cup final against Cardiff City, have been as few and far between as his two goals. Manchester City are about to announce losses in excess of £100m for the 2011-12 season, the first of Uefa's first two-year monitoring period, during which the club is permitted to lose no more than £18m a year. Rodgers admitted 17-year-old Raheem Sterling's ascent to full international status had surprised him. "You just never know with young players. I think the biggest thing you can do with kids is give them a chance – so long as they are showing on a daily basis they are worthy of that opportunity."

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