England include Joe Marler and Danny Care in World Cup training squad

Joe Marler last played for England in the 2022 Six Nations
Joe Marler last played for England in the 2022 Six Nations

England coach Steve Borthwick has named a 28-man training squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup to be played in France later this year.

Joe Marler, who last played for England in the 2022 Six Nations tournament is included in the squad with Bath scrum-half Ben Spencer also recalled for the first time since 2019.

Danny Care, who last played for the side during the previous summer is also recalled but players from Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks and Saracens, who were part of the Premiership semi-finals were not considered for selection.

Billy Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ollie Chessum will be part of the training camp as they recover from their respective injuries.

"We are excited to get into camp and begin the first phase of our preparations," said Borthwick.

"The World Cup is full of top-quality teams and high-quality players, and we're relishing the challenge in front of us. That all starts today at Pennyhill Park.

"We have lots to get through before our first Summer Series fixture in August against Wales in Cardiff, so the hard work starts now. We are looking forward to it."

England training squad:

Forwards: Jamie Blamire, Alex Dombrandt, Tom Dunn, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Ted Hill, Joe Marler, Zach Mercer, Beno Obano, Tom Pearson, Val Rapava-Ruskin , Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Jack Walker.

Backs: Henry Arundell, Danny Care, Joe Cokanasiga, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Will Joseph, Ollie Lawrence, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Cadan Murley, Harry Randall, Henry Slade. Marcus Smith, Ben Spencer.