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Saracens’ Mark McCall says Alex Goode must start in England first Test

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Alex Goode sealed the Premiership and European Cup double for Saracens with a late try to subdue the braves of Exeter Chiefs in a man-of-the-match performance his director of rugby, Mark McCall, believes should have dropped a large hint to England before the tour to Australia.

“I think Alex stands out by a mile as the best full-back in England,” said McCall after his side’s 28-20 victory meant Saracens retained the title and became the first English club to achieve the coveted double since Wasps in 2004. “He played well today, as he has all season, but if I say Alex Goode should start in the first Test against Australia, Mike Brown will.”

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