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Mike Brown says he deserves more respect for England career

3:09 pm, 19th June 2018

Brown has been one of England’s star performers during the tour of South Africa, scoring tries in the first two Tests.

But the Harlequins full-back, who has been playing on the wing for Eddie Jones’ side during the tour, says his defensive game has also improved.

“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 said. “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.

“I don’t need to say what I’ve achieved in my career. I love playing for England and with these guys and I will keep working hard on this journey to the World Cup and hopefully I will be there.”

Brown also opened up on the post-match confrontation between himself and Joe Marler and supporters on Saturday in Bloemfontein after England’s 23-12 defeat, which saw them go 2-0 down in the three-game series.

“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.”

On losing the series, Brown added: “It is frustrating that we haven’t managed to get the wins that we are working hard towards. We have shown in patches what we can do but then we have knocked off in other areas at crucial times – especially in our discipline and our basics. In Test match rugby that is the difference between winning and losing. “

Watch the third and final Test between South Africa and England on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event at 3pm.