Brian Ashton names two new players in the squad of 22. London Irish scrum-half Paul Hodgson and Leicester flanker Tom Croft have been selected among the replacements. The other change is Sale scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth replaces Andy Gomarsall in the starting 15 for the clash against France in Paris on Saturday. Gomarsall misses out on the 22. The other player to miss out on the squad is Tim Payne, as Vickery and Sheridan are back in the starting 15.
Locks Steve Borthwick (knee) and Simon Shaw (ankle), centre Jamie Noon (hamstring), wing Paul Sackey (thumb) were all injury worries but have been deemed fit enough to play. The unfortunate
London Irish centre Shane Geraghty was ruled out earlier this week after hyper-extending his knee in the Exiles’ win over Leicester on Sunday. The 21-year-old has returned to his club after assessment by the England medical staff.
Forwards: Sheridan (Sale Sharks), Regan (Bristol), Vickery (Wasps, capt), Shaw (Wasps), Borthwick (Bath), Haskell (Wasps), Lipman (Bath), Easter (Harlequins).
Backs: Wigglesworth (Sale), Wilkinson (Newcastle), Vainikolo (Gloucester), Flood (Newcastle), Noon (Newcastle), Sackey (Wasps), Balshaw (Gloucester).
Replacements: Mears (Bath), Stevens (Bath), Kay (Leicester), Croft (Leicester), Hodgson (London Irish), Cipriani (Wasps), Tait (Newcastle).