英格蘭對陣阿根廷:比利-武尼波拉享受國際 "重生 "的樂趣

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英格蘭對陣阿根廷:比利-武尼波拉享受國際 "重生 "的樂趣

在擔心自己的英格蘭職業生涯可能已經結束之後,比利-武尼波拉正在品味他的國際 "重生"。

這位八號球員說,被拋棄是一個潛在的 "變相的祝福",並決心抓住他的機會。

"這位30歲的球員告訴BBC 5 Live,"這可能對我作為一個球員的成長有很大幫助。

"這就像一個小小的重生,離開了一年,然後偷偷地參加了澳大利亞的巡迴賽。

"它使我更加全面,就我的心態以及我在球場上的表現而言。

"我對我們在澳大利亞的表現和我的貢獻感到滿意,但我覺得我自己還有更多的東西可以帶來。"

武尼波拉在2013年對陣阿根廷的比賽中完成了英格蘭隊的首秀,在主教練埃迪-瓊斯的帶領下,他是英格蘭隊的固定人選,但在2021年六國賽結束時被愛爾蘭隊溫順地擊敗後,他被從陣容中剔除。

"當它第一次發生在迷你訓練營的時候,老實說,我以為他只是給了我一腳,我應該沒事了,可以回去了,"他解釋說。

"然後我沒有被選中參加秋季賽,[有]類似的失望感覺,但也有一點懷疑,我是否會再次為英格蘭隊效力,以及我可以做些什麼來重新進入球隊。

"當我沒有被選中參加六國賽時,我的心態是懷疑已經消失了,因為我是如此堅定和專注於成為一名好球員。

"當我被選入澳大利亞隊時,這種懷疑就消失了,在我的腦海中,我相信我將再次為英格蘭隊效力。"

在對陣小袋鼠隊的系列賽中,武尼波拉贏得了召回權,在英格蘭隊在落後的情況下以2-1獲勝的時候,武尼波拉從第一次測試的失敗中反彈出來,表現出了個人的優勢。

"回到測試場上,我非常興奮,但在第一場測試中的失利讓我的信心有點受挫。但作為一個團隊,我們質疑為什麼我們沒有真正去追趕他們。

"這就是我們在第二次測試中所做的,對我來說,這就像我從未離開過一樣。第二次測試感覺很真實。

"現在我的目標是看看我能夠為英格蘭隊打出多好的成績,首先是能夠為球隊做出貢獻,同時也是為了不再處於那樣的位置,不再讓我的飢餓感受到質疑,我的動力受到質疑。

"這是我在離開後變得更強大的事情。因此,這似乎是一種變相的祝福[被放棄],但我寧願我在這一年裡一直在,而不是不參加比賽。"

武尼波拉現在決心成為英格蘭隊的穩定力量,並希望不要看得太遠,因為世界盃在不到一年的時間裡迫在眉睫。

英格蘭隊將於周日在特威克納姆對陣阿根廷隊,之後將在11月的連續周六與日本、新西蘭和南非隊交手。

"他解釋說:"轉角處有六國賽和世界盃,但這是關於不要考慮六國賽和不要考慮世界盃的問題。

"現在要做的是擺在我面前的事情,如果被選中,我怎樣才能為周日的比賽做好準備,以及在那場比賽中我能做什麼來幫助球隊和幫助自己。

"這必須是我的重點。這聽起來很老套,但這是我以前出錯的地方。我總是在期待 "更大 "或 "更好 "的東西,而現在才是最重要的。

"現在是最大的,也是最重要的"。


Billy Vunipola is savouring his international "rebirth" after fearing his England career may have been over.

The number eight says being jettisoned was a potential "blessing in disguise" and is determined to take his chance.

"It's probably done me wonders in terms of growing as a player," the 30-year-old told BBC 5 Live.

"It's been like a little bit of a rebirth, being away for a year and then sneaking into the Aussie tour.

"It's made me more well-rounded, and in terms of my mentality as well as what I bring on the pitch.

"I'm happy with what we did in Australia and what I contributed, but I feel there is more for myself to bring."

Vunipola, who made his England debut against Argentina in 2013, was a permanent fixture in the England side under head coach Eddie Jones, but was dropped from the set-up following the meek defeat by Ireland at the end of the 2021 Six Nations.

"When it first happened for the first mini-camp, I'll be honest I thought he was just giving me a kick up the backside and I should be all right to get back in," he explained.

"Then I didn't get picked for the autumn, [there was a] similar feeling in terms of disappointment, but also a little bit of doubt crept in whether I was going to play for England again, and what I could do to get back into the team.

"When I didn't get picked for the Six Nations I was in a mindset where the doubt had gone because I was so determined and focused on being a good player.

"That doubt went away when I was picked for the Australia squad, and in my head I believed I would play for England again."

Having won a recall for the series against the Wallabies, Vunipola bounced back from the first-Test defeat with a dominant individual display as England came from behind to win 2-1.

"Going back into the Test arena, I was hugely excited, but to come away with a loss in the first Test dented my confidence a little bit. But as a squad we questioned why we didn't really go after them.

"That's what we did in the second Test, and that for me was like I had never been away. The second Test felt real.

"Now my goal is to see how well I can play for England, to be able to contribute to the team firstly, but also to not ever be in that position again, and never have my hunger questioned and my motivation questioned.

"That is something I've become stronger at doing from being away. So it seems like a blessing in disguise [being dropped], but I would rather I had been in for the year instead of not playing."

Vunipola is now determined to be a consistent force for England, and is keen not to look too far ahead, with a World Cup looming in under a year's time.

England face Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday, before meetings with Japan, New Zealand and South Africa on consecutive Saturdays in November.

"There is a Six Nations around the corner and a World Cup, but it is about not thinking about a Six Nations and not thinking about a World Cup," he explained.

"It's about what is ahead of me now, how can I be ready for Sunday's game if picked, and what can I do in that game to help the team and help myself.

"That has to be my focus. It sounds cliched but that is where I went wrong before. I was always looking forward to something "bigger" or "better", whereas it is right now that is important.

"Right now is what is biggest, and most important."

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