We think this is the 31 man England squad Stuart Lancaster should select for the World Cup based on the current form of players…
England’s first choice loosehead based on recent form.
Easily the stand-out back up option based on this seasons performances.
The form hooker in the Premiership over the last few months.
Solid in the line-out and one of England’s most experienced players.
Should ease out Rob Webber for the third choice shirt based on form.
England’s best tighthead when fully fit.
Needs to prove his fitness, but a quality back-up option.
The only prop who can play both sides of the scrum.
Quite possible England’s best player when fully fit.
Forms a formidable partnership with Launchbury in the engine room.
Has been in great form for Bath this season and can cover six.
Another player who can cover both second row and six, has had a great couple of months.
Been a bit off form recently, but still England’s best six.
14.Sam Burgess/Steffon Armitage
A toss up depending on whether the exceptional circumstances rule is invoked.
England’s captain and leader – an automatic pick.
Has dramatically improved since the turn of the year.
Needs to prove his fitness, but England’s best eight before injury.
One of England’s star players during the Six Nations.
The form scrum-half in the Premiership, just needs to regain fitness after injury.
Provides an alternative option for England off the bench.
England’s form fly half.
The second best English fly-half this season.
Can cover 10, 12 and 13 – has shown great form this season.
Arguably the stand-out player of this years Six Nations.
With Tuilagi likely to miss the World Cup, Barritt’s solid defence could be key.
Has been sensational for Wasps and can cover most positions in the back line.
One of England’s most exciting players and a genuine game changer.
Showed enough during the Six Nations to suggest he has really stepped up this season.
Maybe not a starter, but provides a constant threat out wide.
England’s starting full back if fully fit.
31.Chris Pennell/Nick Abendanon
England’s two form full backs, selection dependant on exceptional circumstances rule.