Tom Wood says he is not thinking about becoming England captain on a full-time basis.
Instead, the Saints star, 26, believes leading the Red Rose is a way of life, preferring to focus on his conduct for his club before considering his role in this year’s autumn international series.
Wood, who skippered England to a 2-0 Test series win over Argentina in the summer, has been tipped to take over from last season’s captain Chris Robshaw.
But the 20-cap flanker said: “Leading England’s one of the biggest moments of my life and obviously getting the win as well out in Argentina.
“We’ve got a lot of strong candidates for captaincy.
“It’s not something I’m consciously aiming for.
“It’s a way of life. You’ve got to live it. If you’re acting like a leader, if you’re setting a good example those things will come to you.
“That’s what I concentrate on doing at Saints.
“I do my best for the team, show my experience when I can and if that leads me to the England captaincy role I’ll do my absolute best in that role.
“But Chris Robshaw’s playing well.
He’s rested, he’s on good form and there’s loads of other candidates in that team as well.”