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England unchanged for Scots visit


Johnson wants England to keep improving

England have named the same starting XV that impressed in beating France for the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.

Fly-half Toby Flood and flanker Joe Worsley, who picked up injuries in the emphatic 34-10 victory over France on Sunday, are passed fit to play.

England placed Olly Barkley and Tom Rees on standby earlier in the week.

The England bench is also unchanged, meaning no place for fly-half Danny Cipriani with Andy Goode preferred.

Flood was replaced just before half-time on Sunday after landing awkwardly on his shoulder in the lead up to Worsley's try.

The Wasps flanker was substituted by second-row Nick Kennedy with 12 minutes of Sunday's game remaining and later had six stitches on a thumb wound.

"We are confident both Joe and Toby will be fit," said England manager Martin Johnson.

"It is a short week but when you win it makes things easier. We have not been able to train too much this week but the session went well this morning and we are confident they will be fit."

The selection means flanker James Haskell will again have to be content with a place on the bench as England look for their third 2009 Six Nations victory.

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Johnson reserved praise for full-back Delon Armitage, who starred in the largely disappointing autumn internationals and has gone on to score three tries during the championship.

"Delon has been very good for us all season," said Johnson.

"He has taken his chance fantastically well for a guy who was not in the original 64-man squad. You find your way in how you can and he has taken his chance."

England could finish as Six Nations runners-up if they beat Scotland and Ireland win the Grand Slam by defeating Wales in Cardiff.

England team to face Scotland at Twickenham:

D Armitage (London Irish); U Monye (Harlequins), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), S Shaw (Wasps), T Croft (Leicester), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), N Kennedy (London Irish), D Care (Harlequins), A Goode (Brive), M Tait (Sale Sharks).

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