Cumbrian star Mark Wilson has been recalled by England to start in their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

The Newcastle Falcons flanker, who started his career with Penrith, has been named in the side by head coach Eddie Jones for the Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.

It will see Wilson, 31, win his 20th cap as England bid to get their campaign off to a winning start on Saturday (kick-off 4.45pm).

Wilson, from Kendal, returns at blindside flanker, capping his return from injury which hindered him in the last year.

He comes in for the injured Sam Underhill for a game which marks the 150th anniversary of the famous fixture.

Owen Farrell, who will captain England in the championship, is at fly-half, while scrum half Ben Youngs will win his 105th cap.

Centre Ollie Lawrence will make his first Six Nations start while, Ellis Genge and Will Stuart start at prop, with Jonny Hill is preferred to Courtney Lawes as Maro Itoje’s partner at lock.

National team boss Jones said: “We’re really looking forward to this game and getting the Guinness Six Nations back underway.

“It’s even more special to be taking part in a 150th anniversary game, it will be a good occasion.

“It was difficult to pick the 23 players. We’ve had a really good week of training, it’s been very competitive but I’ve gone with what I feel is the strongest 23 for this week.

“The Six Nations is a short tournament, it’s a real sprint so we’ll need to be on the front foot straight away. We know Scotland will be raring to go – but so will we.”