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STATEMENT: Joe Marler sent home from New Zealand, replacement confirmed

England vice-captain Joe Marler is sidelined for the second Test against New Zealand in Auckland due to a foot injury.

The seasoned prop, with 95 caps, exited early during the 16-15 loss to the All Blacks in Dunedin.

Uncapped Emmanuel Iyogun from Northampton has been called up as his replacement and is set to arrive in New Zealand on Tuesday.

England will take on the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday (08:05 BST), aiming to level the two-match series.

“He doesn’t tend to come off unless something has happened,” England head coach Steve Borthwick said on Sunday.

“Fingers crossed it’s not too serious.”

“Inexcusable” – Four England players who flopped and who should replace them for second test

New Zealand narrowly defeated England 16-15 in a thrilling opening Test in Dunedin, marking a victorious start for new head coach Scott Robertson.

Below, we look at what changes Steve Borthwick could make for next weekend’s clash with the All Blacks at Eden Park.

#1. Marcus Smith

Rugby Pass 5/10: “Inexcusable miss in front of the posts early in the second half, but bounced back immediately with some passes timed to absolute perfection as England scored their second. After being penned back in the first half due to New Zealand’s territorial supremacy, he was able to express himself much more after the break as England gained more control. Unfortunately, two kicks from five are the statistics that can define Test matches though, and that might well have been the case in Dunedin”

Telegraph 6/10: “Missed two sitters off the tee which England had to take. Didn’t love the grubber when England were attacking well but two slick passes before Feyi-Waboso’s score. Bottom line, the missed points were critical. “

Replacement: Fin Smith is waiting the wings, but we’d give Marcus another run out next weekend