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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 19:35 GMT
Josh Lewsey's column
Josh Lewsey
Josh Lewsey

Josh Lewsey
Lewsey has won 47 caps for England

I didn't have a great game against France at the weekend, so it's fair enough that I've been dropped for the Wales game.

I have just got to take it on the chin. As a winger or a full-back you have games like that.

You're in a position where if you make a mistake it's very visual and very obvious and by the standards I set myself it was not a good performance.

I spoke to Brian Ashton before selection was made about what they want from me because I feel like I've been doing a lot of running and covering, but the ball was just not going to hand.

That happens sometimes. Other times, the offload happens, you go through and score a couple of tries and make the headlines.

I was really happy with my form at the start of the year, and I was just playing in a settled position all the time.

So I want to get back to that at club and international level, but I'm not going to make any excuses.

You can put an argument about my versatility both ways. You can say it gets you into teams and squads, but I said at the start of the year that I wanted to be playing one position - wherever it is - so I can just settle.

Anyway, I'll go back to Wasps and hopefully play this weekend against London Irish. And as the pitches start to dry up things should start to improve.

Wasps have started to pick their form up recently and we've got some big challenges ahead in the Heineken Cup and the Premiership.

Then England have got a summer tour to South Africa and then obviously the World Cup in the autumn.

I just want England to win and there's absolutely no bitterness from my side whatsoever

So as far as I'm concerned, nothing changes - this is one game, and I'll just stay my usual positive self.

But what motivates me isn't necessarily playing for England. Of course, I want to play for England, but what motivates me is playing as well as I can.

That's what I get my satisfaction from, whether it's club or country, and that's what I want to get back to as soon as possible.

There's a lot of competition for places, especially in the back three, and if you have a bad game the chances are you're going to make way for someone else.

I've had a very good run over the last couple of years, especially if you look at legends like Matt Dawson who was in and out of the England team so many times it was ridiculous.

I spoke to Mark Cueto and wished him all the best for the weekend - not just him but David Strettle and Jason Robinson as well.

I just want England to win and there's absolutely no bitterness from my side whatsoever.

Mark Cueto
Cueto will come in at full-back on Saturday

Mark has played well for Sale recently and deserves his chance and I genuinely hope he plays well.

If England are going to be successful, what we need is real competition - not just in one position, but throughout the whole team and squad.

If you've got 30 people playing at the top of their game then the coaches have got great dilemmas.

We need three, four, five people in each position battling it out to make the starting XV. That's how it should be, and that's how it was before the last World Cup and hopefully will be before this one.

Looking ahead to the Wales game, I think it will be a lot harder than people think. Wales haven't won a game yet, but I think that's an amazing statistic.

They've got a lot of quality players and they're playing England which is always an enormous occasion. They will also be upset about the manner in which they lost to Italy last weekend so it will be a very tough place to play.

If England can actually control the ball and the pace of the game as they did last week, then hopefully we can have a good victory - but don't let the fact that Wales have lost all their other games hide the fact that it will be a very tough game.

For me, Wales are still a team who can beat the best on their day - and we're not the best yet - so let's keep our feet firmly on the ground.


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