Eddie Jones knows exactly what he wants from his players - and Ben Earl was left in doubt about what he needs to do to be considered in the England reckoning in the future.

The 21-year-old back-rower came through the Saracens Academy and has already played for his country at under-16, under-18 and under-20 level, where he wore the captain’s armband.

He earned a call-up to the senior squad for England’s tour of South Africa last year, while he was also included as part of the 35-man party for the training camp before the Six Nations.

And while Earl is still waiting for his first senior cap, he relished the chance to learn from more established internationals and the England head coach during the camp in Portugal. 

“It was a great experience going on the England camp,” he said, speaking on behalf of Land Rover. “The coaches have opened my eyes to a few things that I needed to work on.

“I’ve learnt off a few players that have been really helpful with me. Hopefully I can use it as a springboard to improve as a player and try and push for a place at the World Cup in the summer.

“Eddie certainly tells you what you need to work on and he doesn’t leave you in any doubt about what areas of your game you need to work on.

“He has challenge me to have more involvements in games, making sure that when I get my hands on the ball I’m making a difference and trying to get more involved in matches.

“He is happy with what I’m doing when I’m involved in the game, but he feels there could be more of that and that’s something I’ll certainly be using in the next couple of weeks.

“We prepared well over the campaign and we knew we were in a good place come the beginning of the Six Nations, so it was great to see the guys do really well.”

England finished this year’s Six Nations in second behind Grand Slam winners Wales, with Jones’ men concluding the Championship with a thrilling 38-38 draw with Scotland.

Thoughts now begin to turn to the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, but Earl is focused on delivering for his club side first before letting himself contemplate international honours.

“I’m just focused on Saracens as I need to get in the Saracens side first before I think about the World Cup, but I just want to focus on that and if anything comes from that then great,” he said.

“It is great to play and train alongside Billy Vunipola. There is much more to Billy than meets the eye, he’s got such a knowledge of the game and a great refreshing perspective.

“He knows how things work on and off the pitch and he’s someone I really learn from and I enjoy working with him. We are lucky at Sarries that we have a lot of really good back rowers.

“It’s a really good learning environment for us, especially us young boys. It’s something we’re trying to utilise and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from those guys and make myself better.”

Earl was speaking as he and fellow Premiership Rugby players from Saracens and Harlequins were leading a coaching session on behalf of Land Rover at Beaconsfield RFC, putting London rivalries to one side, in aid of supporting grassroots rugby.

Saracens and Harlequins are currently second and third in the Premiership table, respectively, as they prepare to face each other in a top four battle at the London Stadium this weekend.

And Earl added: “It means a lot geographically and obviously we know a lot of the lads, obviously it’s a big occasion at the London Stadium so hopefully the game will live up to the billing.

“It’s all about Sarries and how we can put performance together at the moment, so that’s what we’re focused on. We want to win everything that we compete in.”

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