No rest for Farrell ahead of 50th cap

England back Owen Farrell admits that he is still not taking his place in the side for granted ahead of his 50th cap.

A key member of England's backline since his debut in 2012 against Scotland, the Saracens star has been heavily involved in England's highs and lows over the last four years.

Farrell was outstanding as England completed an unbeaten year in 2016 and he admits the hunger to keep getting better is still there.

"I don't think you ever feel comfortable and I don't think that anyone here would tell you that they feel comfortable," said Farrell.

"And that's the way it should be, because there has to be a drive to constantly improve.

"I've not thought about winning the 50th cap too much. I need to get picked first and have a good week. The thing here is that it's all about getting better and I go on about it, but that's all I concentrate on."

Looking back on his first cap, Farrell acknowledged that he was part of a new wave of players picked by a then new head coach Stuart Lancaster as England edged a tight contest at Murrayfield.

"I hope I have improved a lot and have come a long way since my debut," he said.

"It was alright – there were quite a few new caps at the same time as me, so there were a few of us in the same position.

"Of course I was nervous, you probably build it up into something that it is not. It is another game, but you are going into the unknown."

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