Chris Ashton thrilled to be selected in England training squad
Last Updated: 05/08/18 11:26pm
Chris Ashton admits it was a "real surprise" to be called up for England's pre-season training camp.
Ashton has not played international rugby since 2014 but he was named in a 44-man England squad earlier this week and trained in Teddington on Sunday.
The 31-year-old has scored 19 tries in 39 Tests and is now back in contention for more caps, having returned to English rugby with Sale after a season with Toulon.
He told Sky Sports: "I have had quite an eventful summer, coming back to Sale.
"I was just ready for that and have been in training for the past few weeks with Sale - I had no idea that I would get the opportunity to come in with England.
"It was a real surprise, to be honest.
"I thought that it was down to me and it still is but, to even get a look in at the camp, I am just really grateful for the opportunity to come in for the few days and be in such a good environment around good players.
"I am just glad to be back involved again."
England's next internationals are in November against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia - and they are all live on Sky Sports.