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Mike Brown: I Deserve More Respect For England Career

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Mike Brown has stated in an interview this week that he feels like he deserves more respect for what he has achieved in his England career. 

The 71 times capped veteran was speaking to the media this week as his side prepares for another crack at the Springboks on Saturday in order to avoid a series whitewash.

Brown is often a target for England supporters when it comes to debates surrounding team selection and performance.

Most recently, the full-back has been selected on the wing by Eddie Jones in their last two matches where has scored on both occasions.

“I’ve come in for a bit of criticism but I’m on 71 caps now – it would be nice to get a little bit of respect sometimes,” Brown told Sky Sports. “I’ve played wing, full-back – I’m the most capped full-back in English rugby. It would be nice for people to see some of the unseen work I do apart from scoring tries.”

Brown also opened up on the reported incident after the game on Saturday where he and Joe Marler were in an altercation with an England supporter.

“I caught the back end off him [Marler] walking off and some supporter decided to lean over and give him some abuse,” Brown said. “When a guy who you think should be supporting you is saying you aren’t trying your best – and that is putting it nicely – I just told him to shut up basically.

“We try day-in-day-out to get better and we are out there trying our best and if somebody is telling you are not then they are way off the mark. We stick up for ourselves if someone is saying something we don’t like.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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