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Borthwick pays price as ruthless Johnson wields axe

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Bryn Palmer | 21:59 UK time, Thursday, 1 July 2010

About time too.

That seems to be the reaction of most England fans as they digest an elite player squad featuring a raft of exciting newcomers but missing the player who has led them through the dark ages of the past two years.

Steve Borthwick may not be everyone's cup of tea, or Horlicks for that matter, but it was hard not to feel a twinge of sympathy for the Saracens lock on Thursday.

England captain for 20 Tests in a row until three months ago, when a knee injury effectively ended his season, he is now not even considered among the best four locks in the country.

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