Saints stars Mitchell and Freeman back in England squad ahead of Japan clash

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Alex Mitchell and Tommy Freeman have returned to the England squad ahead of the Autumn Nations Series clash with Japan at Twickenham on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm).

The duo join club-mates Alex Coles, David Ribbans and George Furbank in the 36-man group.

Coles made his England debut last Sunday, starting in the 30-29 defeat against Argentina, while Ribbans was an unused replacement.

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Saints are set to travel to Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday, and both sides could be without several key players for that game due to international call-ups.

Saracens have Jamie George, Hugh Tizard, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Max Malins in the current England squad.

England squad

Forwards: Alex Coles (Saints, 1 cap), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 38 caps), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 42 caps), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 40 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 69 caps), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps), Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 16 caps), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 59 caps), Tom Pearson (London Irish, uncapped), David Ribbans (Saints, uncapped), Sean Robinson (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps), Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 53 caps), Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps), Hugh Tizard (Saracens, uncapped), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 65 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 71 caps), Jack Willis (Wasps, 5 caps)

Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 13 caps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 98 caps), Tommy Freeman (Saints, 2 caps), George Furbank (Saints, 6 caps), Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap), Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps), Alex Mitchell (Saints, 1 cap), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 43 caps), Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 49 caps), Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 14 caps), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 47 caps), Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 118 caps)