Richard Cockerill, England forwards coach says Danny Care could make it to the World Cup.
Care, Harlequins scrum half, was recalled to England almost four years ago.
England will face the Barbarians Sunday. A three-Test tour of Australia begins in Perth on July 2nd.
“Danny's a competitor. Cockerill stated that he wouldn't be here without the World Cup focus.
Care, who won 84 caps in his career, will be 36 when the 2023 World Cup starts in France.
Cockerill stated, “If Danny's playing well enough, he's performing better than any other player, young or old,”
“We need this balance in our group. Age shouldn't be a barrier. They'll be judged on how they play.
“I would say that he is very eager to compete for a place.”
Cockerill stated that Care, who represented his country against Japan in November 2018, had “always been England's thoughts” regarding selection.
Care was shortlisted as the Premiership player of season for this season by five men after another outstanding campaign for Quins.
Northampton Saints back row Lewis Ludlum (25), said that it was “unbelievable” to work with Care for the first-time in his career.
Ludlam said, “On and off pitch, he is great bloke to be around the place. Offering his experience and with his mentality going into camp – so it's a welcomed addition.”
“I've had the privilege of playing against him for the last few years and he has been amazing. It's exciting to see that we can learn from him. This is also something that I and many of the younger boys find very exciting.”