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With England’s Six Nations squad set to be announced in just over a week we select the players we would include if we sat in Stuart Lancaster’s place;

1.Joe Marler

Marler has been a regular in the England side recently and definitely deserves to retain his place after some solid performances.

2.Alex Corbisiero

Corbisiero may need to regain some match fitness, however there’s no doubting he’s England’s most destructive scrummager when fit.

3.Mako Vunipola

Vunipola may not be quite as impressive in the tight as Marler or Corbisiero but has an added ball carrying dimension coming off the bench.

4.Dylan Hartley

Hartley may have been on the naughty step recently but is still England’s best option at hooker and should therefore continue in the front row.

5.Rob Webber

Webber has looked a solid backup for England when given the opportunity and so should provide adequate cover for Hartley

6.Tom Youngs

Youngs has a lot to prove for England and is facing some stiff competition for a place but deserves at least one more chance to prove himself.

7.Dan Cole

England need to hope Cole can get back to full fitness ahead of the World Cup as there’s no doubt he is a key man for Lancaster’s side.

8.David Wilson

In the absence of Cole, Wilson has more than filled a void and as such should definitely be included in the squad, if not starting once again.

9.Kieran Brookes

Brookes showed during his recent appearances for England that he is more than adequate cover for Cole and Wilson, especially in the tight.

10.Courtney Lawes

A combination of Lawes and Launchbury would be ideal, but injuries mean we will have to cope with just the former for now.


11.Dave Attwood

Attwood provides some extra physicality in the England pack and has done more than enough to justify his inclusion in the squad.

12.George Kruis

Kruis has been fortunate to have propelled up the pecking order thanks to injuries, but there’s no doubting he justified his inclusion during the Autumn Internationals.

13.Geoff Parling

Parling may struggle to get straight back into the starting XV but his mastery of the line-out means he should be included in the squad at the very least.

14.Chris Robshaw

England’s captain and regular stand-out performer Chris Robshaw is pretty much an automatic pick for England these days.

15.Tom Wood

Alongside Robshaw, Wood looks like another shoe-in for the England starting XV so it makes sense to continue their partnership.

16.James Haskell

Haskell deserves another chance to prove himself for England, and his versatility means he can provide cover right across the back row.

17.Billy Vunipola

Vunipola may have struggled for form at the end of 2014, however with Ben Morgan’s injury he is going to have to step-up big time.

18.Steffon Armitage

We’ve made the big call because if an injury to your first choice Number 8 in a World Cup year isn’t counted as exceptional circumstances then we don’t know what is.

19.Danny Care

Despite struggling for form a little with England recently, Care deserves to start once more for England as he is the stand-out nine in the country.

20.Ben Youngs

Youngs form has been a little indifferent of late, however if he can regain his 2013 form then he more than justifies his inclusion.


21.Richard Wigglesworth

Wigglesworth may not be the most exciting player for England, but he does offer a solid option should he be needed.

22.George Ford

Ford has to start at 10 for England during the first few Six Nations games to see if he really is capable of stepping up ahead of the World Cup.

23.Danny Cipriani

Lancaster already knows what Myler can do so why not give Cipriani a chance so we know one way or another if he’s up to the task.

24.Owen Farrell

Farrell may have struggled for form over the last few months, but he should still be included in the squad and given his chances at 10 and 12.

25.Henry Slade

Given England’s lack of quality options at centre, now is the time to give Slade the opportunity to see if he can perform for England.

26.Brad Barritt

Barritt may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he tackles like a demon and helps lead the defensive line in impressive fashion.

27.Kyle Eastmond

Eastmond is probably England’s most exciting option in the centres and offers something a little bit different to most of the other options.

28.Manu Tuilagi

Tuilagi is unlikely to be fit for the Six Nations opener, but should still be included in the squad as he is one of England’s most potent threats.

29.Luther Burrell

Burrell was unfortunate to miss out during the Autumn Internationals but now needs to be given another chance for England.

30.Marland Yarde

Yarde has endured a mixed season so far, but has shown enough promise to be given a chance in the wider squad at least.


31.Jonny May

Jonny May has looked a little indifferent in many aspects for England but he possesses a bit of magic that mean he is a real threat ball in hand.

32.Semesa Rokoduguni

Rokoduguni needs to be given another chance after losing out somewhat unfairly during the Autumn Internationals.

33.Anthony Watson

Watson’s ability to cover wing and full back makes him a key asset, whilst his sparkling feet could be key for England.

34.Mike Brown

Brown has been one of England’s top performers in recent years and deserves to hang on to the 15 shirt for the time being at least.

35.Ben Foden

Foden has missed out for England recently, but his form for Northampton should dictate he deserves another chance in the Red Rose.

Agree with our selections?