EDDIE JONES dumped four leading England stars and warned them they all face a battle to make it to the next World Cup.
Out-of-form Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy, fly-half George Ford and Lions hooker Jamie George have all been told to sharpen up ahead of a mini training camp.
Prop Joe Marler was recalled for Mako – and Sam Simmonds in for Billy at no.8.
Leicester Tigers star Ford lost his no.10 spot to Premiership winner Marcus Smith.
Saracens no.2 George has now slipped behind Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jamie Blamire and uncapped Gabriel Oghre in the Twickenham pecking order.
And Elliot Daly is out with an injury – so won't feature at all this autumn after having surgery following the Lions tour in South Africa.
After calling-up eight players in total, Jones warned his old-timers: "We are now selecting for the World Cup in mind.
"Some of the experienced players we have left out we feel it is a good time for them to refresh and get ready for a spot.
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"Competition is hot, it is hot – and they need to find their best and they haven't been at their best so we are giving them the opportunity to.
"I had a very uncomfortable Monday – making calls to the players, it is an unpleasant part, but an important part.
"The door is not closed, they have to refresh, refocus and challenge again. I'm sure you have asked someone for a date and been knocked back.
"They are all disappointed, those conversations are never fulsome as once you tell a player they are not in a squad, listening tends to be not a great attribute that they have.
"We have five campaigns to the World Cup and our goal is to win the World Cup. We understand the expectation is to win and we fully embrace that.
"We're in the last two years before the World Cup and we need to get to the World Cup ready to win.
"It's a chance for us to build the team for the World Cup and the team to start moving forward again."
Jones' uncapped eight of Mark Atkinson, Jack Kenningham, Louis Lynagh, Oghre, Raffi Quirke, Sam Riley, Bevan Rodd and Ollie Sleightholme now have a big chance to impress ahead of the autumn.
He added: “This is an exciting squad made up of experienced players and young guys who did well in the summer and have earned their place again."
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 33 caps)
Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 1 cap)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 2 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 48 caps)
Jack Kenningham (Harlequins, uncapped)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 87 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 72 caps)
George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
Gabriel Oghre (Wasps, uncapped)
Sam Riley (Harlequins, uncapped)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 93 caps)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 7 caps)
Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped)
Max Malins (Saracens, 8 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 66 caps)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 14 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 43 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)
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