And now he is hoping that he can make his way into the squad for the Lions tour this summer – if and wherever it takes place.
“Obviously there’s a lot of ambiguity about it. I don’t know the intricacies, if it’s going to be here or there,” said Genge.
“But I think anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t want to play or be a part of that squad. That’s what we all do, it’s what we play our best for, to get accolades like that. I’d love to go.
“The way rugby is, and how it has kicked on even in four years, the finishing roles have become a lot more prevalent.
“You see games literally being won off the bench. Regardless of whether I play or not, even off the pitch there is such a big role to play, when you are touring, bringing the morale, and you need someone who’s good at sinking pints.”
Genge will have one more international game to impress Lions boss Warren Gatland, with England taking on Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Throughout the tournament, England’s players have been living under strict protocols at their base, The Lensbury hotel in Teddington.
Genge admits it has been tough, with players unable to socialise in the evenings and forced to stay in their rooms.
“I’d be lying if I said it’s been easy to be in the same place, every day, for that amount of time,” he said.
“Will Stuart said something the other day… he said he can’t remember life before the Lensbury. I think it’s taken its toll on people psychologically.
“It’s not easy, being around people who you don’t always necessarily want to be around for this amount of time.
“You are always thinking about rugby, because you’re here at England camp, so it’s key to take that hour or two to wind down. Play computer, or get a social hit outside with a coffee.
“You want to get out and do stuff. I have a son at home and a dog, who I love dearly and who I can’t walk. Stuff like that. I want to see my family: my nieces, my mum, my nan, my friends. It is a general thing.”
Genge, however, also believes the tough time in camp this year has bonded the group and will make them stronger going forward.
“I know you won’t believe it but this is definitely the tightest I have felt the group before the France game,” he added.
“We did a social activity before the France game. It wasn’t drinking. It was playing a few games of Fifa and on the golf simulator.
“Me and Anthony Watson scored a 90th-minute equaliser against Billy Vunipola and Ollie Lawrence.
“It was from a free-kick. We were Bayern Munich. [Robert] Lewandowski scored with a header, bottom left corner. That then went to golden goal.
“Those boys had then finished their games. It was 5-0 to our team, as in we’d won five games and this was the last game to be played.
“If we got a 6-0 whitewash the boys had to dress up in their number ones (jacket and ties) and serve us dinner. Jamie [George] came in and said: ‘Boys, golden goal, there’s no pressure on you to win – but I’d love to see the boys in their number ones’.
“Me and Ant said: ‘No problem’. Then, three minutes into golden goal, bottom left corner, Lewandowski, no problem. So 3-2 final score. Boys had their ties on. It was decent. It’s always good grub here.
“A little bit of healthy competition brought the group together quite nicely.
“For me, times of darkness actually bring laughter. I think we now enjoy these situations. I think we’ll look back definitely and have a few moments that we’ll laugh about.”
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