Saracens hooker Jamie George believes his decision to stay at the club will further his chances of making England’s 2023 World Cup squad despite being in the Championship next season.

The 29-year-old has already represented England at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and despite approaching 30, the front-row knows a challenge awaits if he is to head to France.

“It is going to be tough,” he told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

“I will be 32 by the time of the next World Cup, but a lot of players are still playing international rugby late into their 30s and my position at hooker it is a bit generous to older players so hopefully I can cling on in there.

“I have good grip strength! Anything on top of my career so far, I have been very lucky, would be great, to be honest.”

George’s goal of still being picked in England’s squad has been questioned by his decision to stay with Saracens despite their relegation to the second tier but the 2017 British & Irish Lion believes the club is best suited to help him in prolonging his career.

He added: “It is a tough balancing act. Obviously you want to be playing top-flight rugby and hopefully, we will get that through internationals.

“Saracens are brilliant at looking after players and keeping them fit, so we should be able to have breaks, do different things off the field, rest up a little bit and hopefully it will add some time onto our careers.”