Toby Flood: 'We have faith in Chris Ashton'

Chris Ashton
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Toby Flood believes that England still have faith in Chris Ashton, despite the winger not scoring in their last two Six Nations matches.

Toby Flood has said that Chris Ashton is still an important part of the England set-up, despite scoring just one try so far in this year's Six Nations.

The Saracens winger has been under fire after missing a tackle during England's win over France, which allowed Wesley Fofana in for a try.

The fly-half told BBC Sport: "Chris burst onto the scene and had the ability to pop up anywhere, but teams picked up on that. But like a frustrated goalscorer, he'll get one try, then two, and suddenly he'll feel very happy.

"When people realise what you're doing and they spend time on the video trying to work you out, life becomes harder. That's part of the reason why now he's a little bit frustrated he can't find the same space.

"Chris is dealing with that really well. I know there's been a lot of stuff thrown at him in terms of press and public viewpoints. But for us he's still a lethal finisher and a guy who can break open a game. We've got utmost faith in him."

England face Italy at Twickenham this afternoon.

England's Manu Tuilagi is tackled by France's Morgan Parra during the RBS Six Nations match on February 23, 2013
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