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Alex Goode and Danny Cipriani deserve World Cup call-ups - but sport is subjective and England have the biggest and best player pool in the world, says Ugo Monye

Former England, Harlequins and British & Irish Lions winger Ugo Monye caught up with BTSport.com to reflect on Alex Goode and Danny Cipriani's international futures following stellar seasons for their clubs.

Three days after the curtain fell on an enthralling Champions Cup final at St James' Park, Alex Goode was still celebrating in a St Albans pub, close to Saracens' training base, dressed in his matchday kit.

The full-back had every right to be in the party spirit as he toasted another exceptional season.

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Not only had he just played a starring role in Saracens' third European Cup triumph in four years, he had also been named the European Player of the Year, fending off Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Garry Ringrose and Mako Vunipola for the award.

Goode played every single minute of Sarries' European campaign as they went from pillar to post without suffering a single defeat in the competition. 

While Goode was rightly recognised for a stellar year for his club, the 31-year-old continues to be overlooked for England.

His last appearance for his country came back in 2016, during which time Goode has played a pivotal role in helping Saracens to two European Cups and one Premiership title.

To many, Goode's ongoing omission from the England set-up is as baffling as Danny Cipriani's.

Cipriani made his first start for England in 10 years in the final Test of the summer series against South Africa, but was later dropped for the autumn internationals.

Despite Eddie Jones' apparent indifference to his form, the fly-half was recognised by his peers for an outstanding debut season with Gloucester by being named the RPA Players' Player of the Year at an awards ceremony at Twickenham Stadium.

The former Wasps and Sale star has been instrumental in guiding the Cherry and Whites to their first Premiership semi-final since 2011.

Cipriani recently told BT Sport that he had not given up on his England career, but the 31-year-old seems to be no closer to a recall as the domestic season nears its conclusion. 

With less five months to go until the World Cup begins, calls for Goode and Cipriani to be included on the plane to Japan will only grow louder as they prepare to play starring roles for their clubs in the semi-finals of the Premiership.

In the wake of Saracens's 20-10 victory over Leinster, BTSport.com caught up with former England winger Ugo Monye to reflect on Goode and Cipriani's international futures.

"You’ve got two incredible players who are peaking when you need to be peaking: in a World Cup year," said Monye, who admitted both players could do little more to force their way into Jones' plans.

"Can Alex Goode do any more? Probably not. Can Danny Cipriani do any more? Probably not.

"To get Players' Player of the Year is the one award anyone would want.

"To be recognised by your fellow peers as the best player in the league is incredible and the same goes for Alex Goode.

"It’s amazing what they’ve both been able to achieve.

"Will they want more this year? Yes.

"Are they doing everything within their power to get themselves on the plane to Japan? Of course they are."

Saracens head coach Mark McCall admitted on Saturday he finds difficult to understand Goode's place in the international wilderness.

“It does bother me because we want all of our players to get what they deserve. He has been so brilliant for our club for so long that sometimes it is hard to fathom,” he said.

“It is not in our control. What is in Alex’s control is how well he plays and most people think he is playing pretty well.

“He is superb with the younger players. When the internationals do go away he has been captaining our team. He is a really important member of the club.”

While Monye shared McCall's glowing assessment of Goode's performances in a Saracens shirt, he insisted the abundance of riches Jones has to pick from means certain players will be left disappointed as World Cup selection looms.

"Sport is subjective. All I know is that having 12 teams in the Premiership with no relegation is a blessing and a curse.

"We’ve got the biggest and best player pool of any nation in the world and of course therefore you’re going to have a lot more disappointed players that won’t be there.

"The quality in the Premiership has is exceptional.

"I wouldn’t want to be picking that World Cup squad but if I was Cipriani and Goode would be certainly, as a minimum, in my thoughts."

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