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Deacon returns to England set-up

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Louis Deacon has been recalled to the England squad ahead of the RBS Six Nations.

The long-serving second row, who has 18 England caps, and he is joined in the squad by Leicester Tigers teammates George Chuter, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Toby Flood and Ben Youngs.

England team manager Martin Johnson has also recalled Sale Sharks fly-half Charlie Hodgson and there is a call-up for the uncapped London Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson.

Deacon and Simpson replace David Attwood (Gloucester) and Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps) with Hodgson's addition making up a 33-man group.

Leicester-born Deacon has made 223 appearances for Tigers since his debut in 2000 and has returned to action after a back injury delayed the start of his season.

Temporary injury replacements for Tigers flanker Croft, who is sidelined by a shoulder problem, and Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes will be named later this month.

England open the 2011 RBS 6 Nations against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday, February 4.

England Elite Player squad

George Chuter (Leicester Tigers)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby)
Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Hendre Fourie (Leeds Carnegie)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Stade Francais)
Courtney Lawes(Northampton Saints)
Lewis Moody (Bath Rugby)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Tim Payne (London Wasps)
Simon Shaw (London Wasps)
Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks)
Steve Thompson (Leeds Carnegie)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Joe Worsley (London Wasps)

Delon Armitage (London Irish)
Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Riki Flutey (London Wasps)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Shontayne Hape (Bath Rugby)
Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)