Former England international David Flatman has called for Danny Cipriani to go to the World Cup next year, describing the fly-half as a ‘genius’.

Cipriani, 30, left Wasps to join Gloucester this summer and earned himself a recall to the national side for the recent Tour of South Africa.

The fly-half was drafted in for George Ford after England took two early leads in the opening two Tests, before slumping to defeats in both games.

Cirpiani impressed many on his first start in a decade for England, including Flatman on what was a disappointing Tour for Eddie Jones’ side.

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The highlight of Cirpiani’s return was a superb cross-field kick to allow Johnny May to score, securing England’s first victory in Cape Town.

Flatman, who made eight appearances for his country, now believes that Cipriani should be in Jones’ squad for next years World Cup which takes place in Japan.

The thing with Danny Cipriani is; he can produce things that no-one else can produce.

That [kick] for me in the fly-half role was the very embodiment of genius. That actually defined genius. I really think he’s that good.

So for me, that moment alone would be enough to take him to the World Cup. I’d be desperate for him not to get injured and I’d be playing him at the World Cup.