Seven Saracens players, including Owen Farrell, have been named in the England squad for the Six Nations.

Farrell and Brad Barritt are two of nine uncapped players in the 32-man squad.

Charlie Hodgson makes his return to the international set-up and is tipped to start, with Toby Flood's injury, the opening Six Nations match in Scotland next month.

Second row Mouritz Botha has been rewarded for his consistency with a place in the squad but there is no room for former captain Steve Borthwick.

Matt Stevens is kept in the group while there is a return for in-form winger David Strettle who was unlucky to miss out on the World Cup last year.

Andy Saull and Alex Goode, who has been promoted to the main squad while Manu Tuilagi is out injured, have both been named in the Saxons which means Saracens' squad will be severely tested during the international fixtures over the next two months.