BEN Foden will start for England in Paris on Saturday after coming off the bench and earning rave reviews for his performance against Scotland.
Foden’s 30-minute appearance in the Six Nations draw with the Auld Enemy was one of the few positives England could take from the 15-15 stalemate at Murrayfield.
It led to former England and British Lions star Jeremy Guscott to call for Foden, who started his career at Chester Rugby Club, to be handed a starting role in Paris.
And Guscott’s wish has come true after out-of-form Delon Armitage was released by England and Martin Johnson handed Foden the number 15 shirt for his first Test start at fullback and his first start in this year’s Six Nations Championship.
Guscott said: “Look what happened when Ben Foden came on. He showed energy and he was the spark. He has to start the next game.
“Foden’s performance is one everyone can learn from. This is a three-quarter who is 5ft 8in and he smacks Kellock out of the way as if he wasn’t there. When did you last see Steve Borthwick do that? Why aren't Haskell, Easter and Worsley running at guys like that and putting them away?
“The great thing Foden has is pace. So even when you’re in a corner you can make yards. England have not had a player able to do that since Jason Robinson.”
Northampton Saints star Foden, the son of former Chester RUFC head coach Rob, hails from Cholmondeley and is a former Bishop Heber High School pupil.
He will be hoping to help England scupper France’s Grand Slam bid at the Stade de France.
The big match kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on BBC1.