Sale Sharks wing Chris Ashton will make his first England start in over four years on Saturday when they host New Zealand at Twickenham.
Ashton has been selected after a stunning return to European competition last month, scoring a hat-trick of tries in Sale’s 34-13 home win over Connacht Rugby in Challenge Cup Round 2.
The 31-year-old has a superb European record with 49 tries in 69 appearances for Northampton Saints, Saracens, RC Toulon and Sale.
They include a record-breaking 39 in the European Cup and 11 tries in nine matches during a remarkable 2013-14 campaign for Saracens, with whom he won the Champions Cup in 2016 and 2017.
Chris Ashton is back in the starting lineup for England against New Zealand this weekend! 👏🌹🦈
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) November 8, 2018
Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te’o keeps his place in the side and will win his 15th cap for England, while Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley will co-captain the team on his 95th appearance.
Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care is the sole Challenge Cup representative in the England replacements.