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Tom Croft one of eight Leicester Tigers players named in England squad

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Tom Croft is one of eight Leicester Tigers players to be named in the England squad ahead of the Six Nations.

The 27-year-old only made his return from a career-threatening neck injury last Friday in Tigers' victory against Worcester, following nine months on the sidelines.

But Stuart Lancaster has named him in his 33-man squad for the Six Nations campaign, which starts on February 2 against Scotland – although he is unlikely to figure in the series.

Croft is joined by hooker Tom Youngs, who has been formally promoted to the squad after impressing in England's autumn internationals.

There are three other forwards included in the squad in the form of prop Dan Cole, lock Geoff Parling and No.8 Thomas Waldrom.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs, fly-half Toby Flood and centre Manu Tuilagi are all included among Lancaster's squad.

Lancaster has also named a further five Tigers for the England Saxons squad.

Nineteen-year-old fly-half George Ford has been selected alongside Anthony Allen, while Louis Deacon, Graham Kitchener and Ed Slater are included among the forwards.

England senior elite player squad: Forwards – C Clark (Northampton), A Corbisiero (London Irish), D Cole (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), T Johnson (Exeter), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), B Morgan (Gloucester), G Parling (Leicester), C Robshaw (Harlequins), M Vunipola (Saracens), T Waldrom (Leicester), D Wilson (Bath), T Wood (Northampton), T Youngs (Leicester). Backs – C Ashton (Saracens), B Barritt (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins), F Burns (Gloucester), D Care (Harlequins), L Dickson (Northampton), O Farrell (Saracens), T Flood (Leicester), B Foden (Northampton), A Goode (Saracens), J Joseph (London Irish), D Strettle (Saracens), M Tuilagi (Leicester), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), B Youngs (Leicester).

England Saxons squad: Forwards – M Botha (Saracens), N Catt (Bath), L Deacon (Leicester), P Doran Jones (Northampton), P Dowson (Northampton), W Fraser (Saracens), J Gray (Harlequins), G Kitchener (Leicester), S Knight (Gloucester), M Kvesic (Worcester), M Mullan (Worcester), D Paice (London Irish), T Palmer (Wasps), G Robson (Harlequins), E Slater (Leicester), H Thomas (Sale), B Vunipola (Wasps). Backs – N Abendanon (Bath), A Allen (Leicester), T Biggs (Bath), E Daly (Wasps), K Eastmond (Bath), G Ford (Leicester), G Lowe (Harlequins), J May (Gloucester), U Monye (Harlequins), J Simpson (Wasps), C Sharples (Gloucester), J Tomkins (Saracens), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), C Wade (Wasps), R Wigglesworth (Saracens).

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