The former England captain has slipped right down the Red Rose pecking order since losing his place in the team at the end of last season, initially through injury.
The 31-year-old no longer even features in Martin Johnson's senior elite squad having been overtaken by the likes of Tom Palmer, Courtney Lawes, Louis Deacon and Dave Attwood.
But Borthwick remains a key figure in the Saracens engine room and he returns to Twickenham on Saturday determined to beat Leicester and seal the Aviva Premiership title.
"Every player wants international recognition and we have many players here who deserve it," said Borthwick, who won 57 caps over a nine-year England career.
"Do you think about England when you are playing for Saracens? No. All you think about is being the best you can be and to play as well as you can to help your team-mates.
"It is hugely enjoyable to be part of this group. From the top down the club has created an atmosphere where each player is supported to be the best they can be.
"We have some excellent coaches and a group of players here who are diverse and we have plenty of characters but we are a really tight, close-knit group.
"There is a fantastic spirit. We have created some great memories and we will be giving our maximum effort on Saturday to get the win."
Saturday's Twickenham showdown will be a repeat of last year's final, when Saracens were beaten by the Tigers after conceding a dramatic last-gasp try to Dan Hipkiss.
Borthwick and director of rugby Mark McCall both believe Saracens are a much stronger outfit now and they head into the final on the back of 12 consecutive victories.
"We think we are a better team than we were this time last year," said McCall, who took the reins midway through the season when Brendan Venter returned to South Africa.
"After we beat Northampton in the semi-final last year there was a sense of jubilation that we were in the final. This year there seems to be a different sense."
Borthwick added: "The experiences we have had - good and bad - have strengthened us. We have pushed on."
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