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England turn to experience for Six Nations

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  • Mike Tindall and Mark Cueto both return to the England squad for Six Nations
  • The experienced backs have not played for England since the 2007 World Cup
  • Northampton scrum-half Ben Foden is only uncapped player in 32-man squad
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(CNN) -- England rugby union manager Martin Johnson has recalled experienced backs Mike Tindall and Mark Cueto to a 32-man squad for the Six Nations Championship.

Gloucester center Tindall  has been in excellent form for Gloucester this season.

Gloucester center Tindall has been in excellent form for Gloucester this season.

Johnson has turned to the pair after a miserable campaign in the autumn internationals, but also rewards uncapped Ben Foden for his superb form for Northampton in the English Premiership.

Gloucester center Tindall was a World Cup winner in 2003, while Cueto had a try disallowed as England lost the 2007 World Cup final to South Africa in Paris.

Tindall replaces Dan Hipkiss, who has a hamstring injury, while Sale wing Cueto comes in for Olly Barkley.

Scrum-half Foden is the only uncapped player in the squad, replacing Peter Richards.

England kick off their Six Nations campaign against Italy at Twickenham on February 7, and the squad will head to Portugal on January 25 for a week's training as part of their preparations.

Johnson explained to Press Association the reason for his additions to the squad. "We have made changes on form. Cueto is in great form. Mike at Gloucester also brings us some experience. Lewis Moody was always in the squad but was injured in November and he is in pretty good form.

"Foden we have known about for a while. He went to a new club in the summer. I think it is the right time now. He is instinctive, a very good player and a fantastic athlete as well."

Johnson also confirmed Steve Borthwick will continue as captain.

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