Fly-half Marcus Smith has been left out of England’s training squad before next week’s Six Nations match against France, with George Ford returning.
Smith’s omission from the 26-man group means he will return to Harlequins and indicates he will not be in the matchday squad to face France.
It also means a long-awaited return for Sale Sharks player Ford, who has not played for England since March 2022.
England play France at Twickenham at 16:45 GMT on Saturday, 11 March.
Max Malins is a doubt for the meeting with the defending champions because of an ankle injury, so experienced wing Jonny May has been called up as a replacement.
Centre Manu Tuilagi will also train with the squad this week having not featured yet in this year’s tournament.
Smith, 24, started England’s defeat by Scotland but was a sparsely used replacement for the victories over Italy and Wales.
Ford only made his return for Sale this month after a long-standing Achilles injury, but his quick elevation over Smith shows how highly he is rated by head coach Steve Borthwick.
The 29-year-old, who has 81 caps, was a key part of the Leicester team Borthwick led to the Premiership title last year.
Smith is now free to feature for Harlequins in their Premiership match against Exeter on Saturday.
Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, David Ribbans, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.
Backs: Henry Arundell, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Henry Slade, Freddie Steward, Jack van Poortvliet, Anthony Watson.
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