Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes Joe Launchbury is the first of many youngsters he will lose to England duty in the years to come.
Launchbury is unavailable for Wasps' Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester after being awarded his first England start in Saturday's Twickenham international. Young is also without James Haskell and Tom Palmer while Leicester are bolstered by the return of Thomas Waldrom and Anthony Allen from international duty.
"It's great to have the three of them in there but I would love to be in a position where we'd have 10 players up," Young said. "It would put us under pressure as a club but we want to build up a strong foundation of English youngsters and I think the way we are going we will probably lose a lot of players to England duty in the years ahead. That's what we want."
Centre Elliot Daly, wing Christian Wade and number eight Billy Vunipola are all also on Stuart Lancaster's radar after breaking into the Wasps first team with Launchbury last season.
Wasps are defending an unbeaten home record against the Tigers, who also have England internationals George Chuter, Louis Deacon, Jordan Crane and Mathew Tait in a powerful Tigers line-up.
"It's the toughest game we'll have had at Adams Park and we need to hugely step our game up to be in with a shout to take the points," Young said.
"If you win your home games you are always going to be in a good position and we've won them all so far so we've made a good start.
"Any slip up at home means points lost and you have to try and recapture them on the road which in the Aviva Premiership is tough.
"This is a game we are all very much looking forward to and we know we have the chance to put a marker down if we can perform well enough to win it."
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