Saracens' David Strettle makes England squad while Will Fraser and Joel Tomkins are called up for Saxons

Saracens' Strettle called up for England

David Strettle (Picture: Action Images)

Action Images: Brad Barritt (left) and Chris Ashton (centre)

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Saracens winger David Strettle has been recalled to the England senior squad and joins fellow Men in Black players Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola. 

Strettle, who has 12 caps, was overlooked by Stuart Lancaster for England's autumn tests but the 29-year-old has been in fine form of late and Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall recently suggested an international recall could be on the cards.

Meanwhile Will Fraser and Joel Tomkins have both been called up to the Saxons squad for the first time.

The Sarries pair join teammates Richard Wigglesworth and Mouritz Botha. 

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster told the RFU: “The fact that we have spent significant time deliberating over quite a few players shows how tough the competition is to get into this 65 and the strength in depth that is emerging.

"We have made some changes to both squads and we feel that reflects the players’ form during the first half of the season.

"There will undoubtedly be movement between the two squads as we go through the RBS 6 Nations and that was evident in the QBE Internationals, with players in form pushing through such as Freddie Burns, Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola.

""This is a very important year for England, with the Six Nations and the Saxons games to look forward to so there are some great opportunities for the players to demonstrate their club form at international level. T

"The summer tour to Argentina will also be a great chance for those players pushing for a place, especially with some of our Senior squad hopefully going with the Lions, and chances will undoubtedly arise as we hope to play two midweek games as well as the two Tests.”

England’s Six Nations opener sees them take on Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, February 2 (4pm).

The Saxons will play the 02 Ireland Wolfhounds in Galway on Friday, January 25 (7.35pm).

ENGLAND SENIOR ELITE PLAYER SQUAD (33)

FORWARDS (18)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
BACKS (15)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

ENGLAND SAXONS ELITE PLAYER SQUAD (32)

FORWARDS (17)
Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Will Fraser (Saracens)
Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
David Paice (London Irish)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
George Robson (Harlequins)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)
BACKS (15)
Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)
Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Lowe (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

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