George Kruis dropped for England's clash with Australia

George Kruis in an England training session

George Kruis in an England training session

England head coach Eddie Jones has left second row George Kruis out of his initial 25-man squad for next Saturday's autumn global showdown with Australia.

Kruis's Saracens team-mate Alex Lozowski and Leicester prop Ellis Genge have also been left out after making appearances against the Pumas.

Ellis Genge, Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona have also been released from the squad.

Jonny May is also set to feature after shaking off a hamstring issue.

In June, he was a starting lock for the British & Irish Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks; thereafter he was dropped from the Test team and not seen again in the matchday 23.

Marler returns after completing his three-week ban for striking with the elbow and will either start or be named on the bench against Australia, depending on whether Jones decides to reduce Mako Vunipola's workload.

Lozowksi's exit means that his Saracens colleague Owen Farrell is nearly certain to be involved against the Australians, who beat Wales 29-21 in Cardiff, after being rested for the visit of Argentina alongside another club-mate Maro Itoje, who is also poised to return.

Ben Te'o will remain with the squad until Wednesday as the centre continues his recovery from an ankle injury, while Mike Brown is included in the squad despite landing on his head in a nasty fall against the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists last weekend.