Former England head coach Eddie Jones has tipped Cumbrian Steve Borthwick to be an "outstanding" successor.

Jones has spoken for the first time since his sacking and his replacement by Carlisle-born Borthwick.

The latter will lead England into this year's Six Nations and the World Cup.

Borthwick had worked under Australian Jones in the national set-up and the former boss believes the Cumbrian has what it takes at the helm.

“Steve Borthwick was there [from 2016] until 2020. He then wanted his own career," said Jones in an interview with The Guardian.

"One of my jobs was to get England to win again, which I did, and also to produce the next head coach.

"So I look back with satisfaction because Steve will do a bloody good job. He’s outstanding.”

Borthwick's first game in charge will be the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland in the Six Nations on February 4.

The 43-year-old has added to his backroom team with the appointment of Harlequins' Nick Evans as attack coach for the Six Nations.

Borthwick said: "Nick brings with him a wealth of different experiences as a player and coach which will be incredibly valuable to the growth of our team. 

"I know Nick understands the pride and responsibility that comes with representing your country. 

"We aim to build an England team our nation can be proud of and I know our supporters will be very excited by what Nick can bring to our side. 

"We’d particularly like to thank Harlequins for their support in allowing Nick to work with us during this period. It’s a great example of club and country working together."