Six Nations
Brown pushing for Six Nations start
ESPNscrum Staff
January 12, 2012
Quins' Mike Brown dives over to score a try, Harlequins v Toulouse, Heineken Cup, Twickenham Stoop, London, England, December 9, 2011
Mike Brown has starred for Harlequins this season © Getty Images

After more than three years out of the England squad, Mike Brown is aiming to oust Ben Foden from the full-back position after being named in Stuart Lancaster's Elite Player Squad on Wednesday.

Brown last pulled on an England jersey during the 2008 tour of New Zealand, but says he is a different footballer now following the tutelage of sprint coach Margot Wells and his Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea. The 26-year-old's club form was rewarded with a recall as he edged out Delon Armitage as one of two full-backs in Lancaster's first EPS, and plans to fully test Foden for a starting berth come the start of the 2012 Six Nations.

"I am delighted to be included, I have been working really hard to be included and I know that even harder work lies ahead of me," Brown told the Telegraph. "It has got to be my aim now to get into the side for the first Six Nations game against Scotland.

"I am a completely different player since I last played for England. I have worked hard not only on my speed, but also my decision-making, high-ball takes and kicking.

"It has been a long time since I last played for England but I am hugely excited by the players that have been selected in the squad. We will not be daunted by going to Murrayfield in our first game.

"Everyone in the squad has already played big games in the European Cup and so are used to tough environments. We will go there believing that we can win."

Brown's selection was one of 13 changes from England's failed Rugby World Cup campaign, with interim boss Lancaster calling-up nine uncapped players in the 32-man group.

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