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The BBC's Alastair Hignell
"Woodward was never going to leave out players who have served him so well"
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Thursday, 24 February, 2000, 13:09 GMT
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England coach Clive Woodward has named a 36-man squad for next week's Six Nations Championship clash against Wales at Twickenham.

Six Nations Championship
The party includes 10-uncapped players, including Cardiff's in-form wing Liam Botham, though all 22 players on duty in Paris last Saturday look sure to make the final squad.

Woodward intends announcing his starting line-up and substitutes for the Wales match on Tuesday.

The 14 players not required will then disperse for England A and Under-21 appointments in Bath and New Brighton, respectively.

The uncapped players included are Lee Best, Liam Botham, Ben Johnston, Martyn Wood, David Flatman, Julian White, Steve Walter, Steve Borthwick, Alex Sanderson and Peter Scrivener.

Unchanged side

Barring injuries, Woodward is set to send an unchanged team into battle as England protect an unbeaten home record against Wales stretching back 12 years.

Martin Johnson, England's World Cup captain, ends a 21-day stand-down period following concussion next week. But due to an Achilles injury, he has not played since December 12.

While Johnson could challenge to regain his second-row place against Italy on March 18, both he and fellow World Cup lock Danny Grewcock currently remain out of England contention.

Saracens forward Grewcock underwent groin surgery last month, but he might begin his comeback with a 20-minute run-out in Saturday's friendly against Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Bath centre and former England captain Phil de Glanville fails to make the squad.

Phil Greeening, currently suspended by Sale from club training, heads a contingent of five hookers, among them Bath pair Mark Regan and Andy Long.

The squad will assemble next Monday at England's secluded country hotel in Bagshot, Surrey.

England squad:

Backs:
M Perry (Bath), I Balshaw (Bath), L Best (Bristol), A Healey (Leicester), B Cohen (Northampton), S Hanley (Sale), L Botham (Cardiff), M Tindall (Bath), M Catt (Bath), W Greenwood (Leicester), B Johnston (Saracens), J Wilkinson (Newcastle), A King (Wasps), M Dawson (Northampton, capt), A Gomarsall (Bedford), M Wood (Wasps).

Forwards:
J Leonard (Harlequins), T Woodman (Gloucester), D Flatman (Saracens), P Vickery (Gloucester), J White (Saracens), P Greening (Sale), N McCarthy (Gloucester), M Regan (Bath), S Walter (Northampton), A Long (Bath), G Archer (Bristol), S Shaw (Wasps), S Borthwick (Bath), R Hill (Saracens), N Back (Leicester), L Dallaglio (Wasps), J Worsley (Wasps), M Corry (Leicester), A Sanderson (Sale), P Scrivener (Wasps).

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