England name 36-man squad for Italy opener

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England head coach Eddie Jones has named a 36-man squad that will convene at Pennyhill Park ahead of the opening NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy.

England begin the defence of their title in Rome at 3pm GMT on Sunday 4 February in a game that is live on ITV.

Following last week’s training camp in Portugal, 34 players have been retained. James Haskell (Wasps) and Joe Marler (Harlequins) will also join up with the squad, however both are unavailable for selection due to suspension.

There are eight uncapped players included in the squad including apprentice fly half Marcus Smith.

Backs
 
Full backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Nathan Earle (Saracens)*, Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints)*, Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby).
 
Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Marcus Smith (Harlequins)* **, Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
 
Forwards
 
Back five

Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons)*, James Haskell (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens)  
George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)*, Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby).
 
Front row
Lewis Boyce (Harlequins)*, Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)*, Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)*, Joe Marler (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).
 
Uncapped *
Apprentice player **


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