Elliot Daly will want to prove his qualification for England again, claims Mark McCall

Elliot Daly has been backed to reclaim his place in England for next year’s World Cup after inspiring the Saracens in a devastating 51-18 Gallagher Premiership win over the Leicester Tigers.

Daly missed the summer tour of Australia and was dropped from Eddie Jones’ first practice team of the fall on Monday, but he responded by using his acceleration, running lines and handling to lead a seven-try rout.

Saracen’s director of rugby Mark McCall believes the versatile 29-year-old delivered the kind of performance that will propel him back into Jones’ mind.

“Elliot played a great game, he was outstanding on the ball. He was involved in everything we did well from an offensive point of view,” McCall said.

“He lost his international place for the first time in a long time. He was always part of the squad.

“Not going on tour and not being included in the 45-man squad is not easy for someone like him who has always been there.

“You saw his reaction and reaction against Leicester and he hasn’t given up hope of going to the World Cup.

“His ability to play 15, 13 and 11 probably gives him a very good chance to go if he keeps playing like this.”

The Saracens set StoneX Stadium on fire with a series of stunning tries as they took partial revenge for losing to Leicester in last season’s Premiership final. However, McCall was most heartened by the reaction to the 14 penalties conceded.

Sarries blitzed Tigers with 51 points

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“We played well and looked dangerous with the ball, we asked them some questions,” McCall said.

“We actually gave away a lot of penalties in the first half and sometimes that can be a game loss.

“We don’t want to give away so many penalties but what pleased me the most was our reaction – we rolled up our sleeves.

“We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves at all and almost took it as a new challenge — something like this.”

Leicester boss Steve Borthwick insisted the Saracens’ power play was the key difference between the sides.

“Saracens are the standard-bearers and have been for quite some time,” Borthwick said.

“They have superstars all over their roster and superstars who don’t make it to 23. They are a very difficult opponent to play against.

“They are a team full of power and speed. The English game has a lot less power, it’s very expensive and tends to go elsewhere, but the Saracens have power and pace.”

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