Nathan Hughes returns to England’s Six Nations squad for Scotland game

Nathan Hughes is back in the England squad ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

And the Wasps man may go straight into the starting line-up because Sam Simmonds will miss out due to a shoulder injury.

Hughes has been sidelined for six weeks by a knee injury but was able to take part in a training camp last week.

He has now been called into a 29-man squad for the Scotland game, alongside Harlequins prop Joe Marler and Wasps back row man James Haskell, who have both completed suspensions.

And England U20 wing Gabriel Ibitoye of Harlequins has been named in the squad as an apprentice.

England won their opening two matches of the tournament against Italy and Wales, keeping them on course for a third successive Six Nations title.

Scotland began with a disappointing loss to Wales but bounced back to beat France in their latest match.

England squad v Scotland:

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins – apprentice player), Harry Mallinder (Northampton), Jonny May (Leicester), Denny Solomona (Sale), Anthony Watson (Bath), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens).

Forwards: Charlie Ewels (Bath), James Haskell, Nathan Hughes (both Wasps), Maro Itoje, George Kruis (both Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Underhill (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter).