Toby Flood and Jonny Wilkinson both start for England in World Cup quarter-final against France

Toby Flood gets the nod at inside centre.
Toby Flood gets the nod at inside centre.
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TOBY Flood will start at inside centre alongside stand-off Jonny Wilkinson in England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

The Leicester playmaker comes into the side for Mike Tindall, who has been recovering from a dead leg, and as one of four changes from England’s 16-12 victory against Scotland last weekend.

Jonny Wilkinson will play at fly-half on Saturday.

Jonny Wilkinson will play at fly-half on Saturday.

Tom Palmer takes over from Courtney Lawes in the second row after making an impressive impact off the bench last week and Nick Easter has been preferred to James Haskell at number eight.

Mark Cueto, who was dropped for the Scotland game after scoring a hat-trick against Romania, returns on the the wing after Delon Armitage was suspended.

Lawes and Haskell feature among five forwards on the bench, with Richard Wigglesworth and Matt Banahan covering the back division.

Wilkinson and Flood have started only one Test together since Martin Johnson took charge - against Wales in the opening game of the 2010 Six Nations, when Shontayne Hape and Riki Flutey withdrew at short notice.

Read more about the build-up to England’s quarter-final with France in today’s Sportmail.