Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sheridan set for England return

Andrew Sheridan
Sheridan has not played for England since 2009

Andrew Sheridan is expected to replace Tim Payne at loose-head prop in England's starting XV for Saturday's match against New Zealand.

England boss Martin Johnson names his side for the first autumn international at Twickenham at 1200 GMT on Tuesday.

Hooker Steve Thompson is set to hold off the challenge of Dylan Hartley, who missed the summer tour with injury.

Captain Lewis Moody, who suffered a career-threatening eye injury last month, is expected to be fit.

Forward Dan Ward-Smith has rejoined the squad, while his Wasps team-mate Simon Shaw continues his comeback from a calf injury.


Tom Wood and Phil Dowson of Northampton, as well as Leicester's Anthony Allen and James Simpson-Daniel of Gloucester, are also in the squad as injury cover for flanker Moody (Bath), flanker Joe Worsley (Wasps), centre Dominic Waldouck (Wasps) and wing Matt Banahan (Bath).

It would be a surprise if Johnson made more than one change from the side that beat Australia in Sydney in June.

Sheridan, who dislocated his left shoulder in October 2009 and also missed the summer tour, won the last of his 32 England caps against Scotland in the 2009 Six Nations.

As well as the All Blacks, who lost their first Test in 16 against Australia on Saturday, Johnson's side face Australia, Samoa and South Africa in successive weeks.

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