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Alejandro Sabella reacts after Gonzalo Higuain's shot hits the bar

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The Argentina striker came off injured in the 5-1 win over Tottenham

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Wing Jack Nowell will make his debut against France

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Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell

England captain Chris Robshaw in training at Pennyhill Park

Six Nations 2014: A fresh challenge for Chris Robshaw as England take rookie road again

When Chris Robshaw led England for the first time, at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2012 Six Nations, his back division was as green as the proverbial grass. Owen Farrell was making his international debut in the centre, as was Brad Barritt, and while dear old Charlie Hodgson had a fair few caps behind him at outside-half, the impression was of a unit in its infancy. And now, two years down the red-rose road? The back line has grown less experienced, not more.

Transfer news: PSG would 'bring in Lionel Messi' if there was no limit to their spending, says president

The French champions have been linked with the Barcelona forward

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Traders ran for cover from the fallout of continuing worries about emerging markets, and the FTSE 100 fell for the fourth day, to 6,550.66 – losing 113.08 points, or 1.7 per cent.

England coach Stuart Lancaster holds court at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey

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