LEE DICKSON says there is a great culture in the England set-up and revealed how special it was winning his first cap.
The Saints scrum-half came on for the last 16 minutes against Scotland to help secure a first win at Murrayfield since 2004 for England and win his first cap.
The German-born Saints star will be back on the bench for England against Italy on Saturday despite breaking a bone in his hand against Scotland.
And he revealed he is loving playing for his country and working with interim head coach Stuart Lancaster.
“I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to play for England for a long time,” said Dickson. “I owe a lot to Stuart for giving me my first cap and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“As a professional rugby player you want to play for England and play against the best players in the world. It’s the highest honour you can have - we’re living the dream. There’s no better feeling than running out in front of 60-odd thousand people on a rugby pitch.
“Singing the national anthem for the first time was very special. Your family and friends are all there in the stadium and you know they are proud of you. [And] there’s no better feeling than winning away from home.”
And Dickson says the dismal World Cup campaign has long been forgotten by the new breed of England players as the look to capture their youthful enthusiasm.
“The World Cup is in the past,” said Dickson. “We’ve not talked about it. The players that are in now are here to do a job for our country - that’s what we’ve been picked for and that’s what we’re excited, going forward, to do.
“I know Stuart from Saxons and the lads I’ve played against week in week out in the Premiership so it’s been really easy to just slot in - and the coach has made it a lot easier.
“There is a great culture around the place: the lads want to work for each other and for the England jersey. It’s not like dribs and drabs now [like when we first arrived], we’re more of a connected team.”