Farrell had generally been utilised as a centre in a system that accommodated both men until he was given a run of matches at fly-half in November, with Ford limited to only one start in the four fixtures – a 35-15 win over Japan at Twickenham.
With Ford’s place in Eddie Jones’ first-choice XV now at stake heading into a World Cup year, the perception could be that the rivalry between Ford and Farrell will intensify.
But Leicester Tigers man Ford insists he will always put the team ahead of his own personal ambitions in pursuit of international success.
“I think people get a little bit obsessed with it, to be honest,” Ford told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Land Rover at an off-road driving event.
“I think at the end of the day we want to both be part of a successful England team and that’s what we’re going to try and do because selection is up to Eddie and the coaches and whatever our roles are within that, we’ll do it to the best of our ability. Because we want to be successful and we want to be a successful English team.
“I think we’ll both try and improve and develop our games for ourselves but also for the good of the team as well so we can win games.”