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George Ford has been given a route back into the England squad with Owen Farrell ruled out throug...



George Ford has been given a route back into the England squad with Owen Farrell ruled out through injury. 

Captain Farrell has an ankle injury, that will definitely keep the Saracens out-half out of England's Six Nations opener against Scotland on February 5.

Farrell suffered the injury in training with his club, and will have the severity of the problem become clearer after a scan this week.

The last of Ford's 77 caps came in last year's defeat to Ireland at the Aviva, but the Leicester no.10 wasn't used in the autumn, nor was he included in Jones' original squad.

Daly also receives a belated call due to a knee injury sustained by Jonny May. The Gloucester winger is nursing a knee injury, and will almost certainly miss England's first two games with Scotland and Italy.

May's been a key component of Jones' sides of the last few years, running in a whopping 35 tries in 67 caps.

Jones' other change sees Saracens Nick Isiekwe added to their training group in Brighton, with Courtney Lawes unable to train this week as he observes head injury assessment protocols.

Updated England squad: 

Forwards
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 36 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 4 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 61 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 51 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 90 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 74 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 47 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)

Backs
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
George Ford (Leicester, 77 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
Max Malins (Saracens, 10 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 7 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 57 caps)
Luke Northmore (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 43 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 5 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 112 caps)

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