Cumbrian Steve Borthwick has not been drawn on strong speculation linking him with the England job.

The Carlisle-born head coach is widely expected to replace Eddie Jones, with the Rugby Football Union reportedly in negotiations with his club Leicester Tigers.

Borthwick, though, refused to discuss the England issue when speaking ahead of Leicester's Champions Cup clash with Ospreys.

He said he remained focused on club matters and that his commitment to Leicester remained as clear and professional as ever.

Speaking on Friday, Borthwick said: "We play Ospreys on Sunday night and that's what I'm focused upon.

"That's what my team is focused upon, and that's what we've been focused upon all week.

"Within Leicester Tigers and this team here, there is no talk here of anything other than the game on Sunday night.

"I don't think anyone can possibly doubt how committed I have been since the minute I walked through this door to give the best I can for this team, and that is my intention again this week to get the performance we want."

England and Leicester are said to be in talks over a compensation package for Borthwick to take the helm of the national side.

The former England captain is expected to succeed Jones, who was sacked last week.

Sky Sports News have said the RFU and Leicester are not yet in agreement over a compensation figure.

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