Reuters - Thu, 01 Jul 15:48:00 2010
Former England captain Steve Borthwick has been omitted from manager Martin Johnson's elite squad for the November internationals against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and world champions South Africa.
The 30-year-old led England for 20 Tests before he was forced to miss this year's Six Nations championship finale against France and the tour to Australia and New Zealand last month.
"Leaving Steve Borthwick out was a very hard decision. He's done a fantastic job for England over the last couple of years and it's the most difficult call we've had to make," Johnson said.
"It is very tough on Steve but it goes to show the depth of talent we've got in that area."
Uncapped Gloucester lock Dave Attwood, veteran Simon Shaw, Tom Palmer and Courtney Lawes have been included ahead of Borthwick in the 32-man squad.
Prop Dan Cole and scrumhalf Ben Youngs, who had successful tours of Australia last month, have been promoted to the elite squad while centre Mike Tindall, a member of the 2003 World Cup winning team, flanker Joe Worsley and hooker George Chuter have been recalled.
England's 32-man elite player squad for the 2010-11 season
Forwards D Attwood (Gloucester), G Chuter (Leicester), D Cole (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), P Doran-Jones (Gloucester), N Easter (Harlequins), H Fourie (Leeds), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Stade Francais), C Lawes (Northampton), L Moody (Bath), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Payne (Wasps), S Shaw (Wasps), A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), S Thompson (Leeds), D Wilson (Bath), J Worsley (Wasps).
Backs D Armitage (London Irish), C Ashton (Northampton), M Banahan (Bath), D Care (Harlequins), M Cueto (Sale Sharks), T Flood (Leicester), R Flutey (Wasps), B Foden (Northampton), S Hape (Bath), D Strettle (Saracens), M Tindall (Gloucester), D Waldouck (Wasps), J Wilkinson (Toulon), B Youngs (Leicester).
England Saxons squad for the 2010-11 season
Forwards S Armitage (London Irish), D Bell (Bath), S Borthwick (Saracens), A Corbisiero (London Irish), J Crane (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), P Dowson (Northampton), J Golding (Newcastle), L Mears (Bath), M Mullan (Worcester), L Narraway (Gloucester), G Parling (Leicester), T Rees (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins), A Saull (Saracens), D Ward-Smith (Wasps), R Webber (Wasps), T Wood (Northampton).
Backs N Abendanon (Bath), A Allen (Leicester), B Barritt (Saracens), S Geraghty (Northampton), A Goode (Saracens), D Hipkiss (Leicester), P Hodgson (London Irish), C Hodgson (Sale Sharks), U Monye (Harlequins), S Myler (Northampton), J Simpson (Wasps), J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), M Tait (Sale Sharks), R Wigglesworth (Saracens).