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Joe Marler has come out of international retirement after being named in England’s 38-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

The Harlequins front-row signalled his intention to Eddie Jones that he has rediscovered the desire to play for his country again, having retired last September after deciding he did not want to spend long periods away from his family.

But the 28-year-old was the surprise inclusion in Jones’ final training squad, announced on Thursday afternoon, with a conversation between the pair after last month’s international against the Barbarians leading to his recall.

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“I saw Joe during the Barbarians’ week and he indicated that he had a desire to come back,” Jones said. “We have since had a couple of chats and we have given him the opportunity to do that. Now it is up to him to show us what he has got.”

Marler joins Ellis Genge and Ben Moon in the main 35-man squad as loosehead prop options, while Mako Vunipola is included as a fourth option with the Saracens prop remaining with the England set-up to continue his treatment on a torn hamstring.

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Danny Cipriani has also been included, keeping his hopes for an international recall alive.

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