England loose forward Lawrence Dallaglio believes injury could destroy his World Cup dreams.
The Wasps player, who was part of England’s 2003 World Cup winning side in Australia, has only recently returned to action in the Premiership after having a metal plate in his ankle surgically removed.
The 34-year-old now views next year’s Six Nations tournament as his final opportunity to stake a claim for Andy Robinson’s World Cup squad and said he was not surprised to be omitted from the squad for England’s year-end Tests.
“If I am not involved in the Six Nations then there is every chance I won’t be involved in the World Cup next year,” the 80-cap former captain told the BBC.
“I am four games into a comeback from injury, two of those game went pretty well and two not so well.
“I have to improve and, to be honest, a game against the All Blacks this Sunday would be getting a little bit ahead of myself,” he said.
He however was optimistic that his injury concerns were behind him and asserted that he would soon find his best form.
“I am working hard. I have a lot more movement in my ankle and a lot more mobility in my leg.
“After I injured my knee in 2001 it took me six months to get back to where I needed to be, it’s the same with the ankle,” he said.