Eddie Jones has confirmed Henry Slade misses the game against the USA with a slight knee injury, while Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell are both back in contention to face Argentina.
Slade’s value as a player who can cover for fly-halves Owen Farrell and George Ford is significant, but his absence is eased by the presence of Piers Francis who will start at inside centre with Ford wearing the no.10 shirt and assuming the captaincy.
INJURY UPDATE | Eddie Jones has confirmed @Sladey_10 misses the game against @USARugby with a slight knee injury, while @Mako_Vunipola and @nowellsy15 are both back in contention to face @lospumas. #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/LfHMUdCdzT— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 24, 2019
England team to play USA
England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Ruaridh McConnochie, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Joe Cokanasiga, 10 George Ford (capt), 9 Willi Heinz; 1 Joe Marler, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 George Kruis, 6 Tom Curry, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Anthony Watson