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England survived an almighty first-half scare to finish conclusive 36-15 winners at Twickenham as Italy issued a rousing response to scrutiny of their ongoing presence in the RBS 6 Nations.
The victory leaves Eddie Jones' side just one win adrift of New Zealand's record run of 18.
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England exorcised their Kolkata demons by securing a nerve-shredding last-ball victory in the third one-day international against India, finally ending a winless winter in the country.
England had never won an ODI at Eden Gardens before and nine months ago saw the World Twenty20 slip from their grasp at the ground when West Indian Carlos Brathwaite clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over.
Stokes stood tall in this five-run win, scoring an unbeaten 57 in England's 321 for eight then taking three for 63, including two fine overs at the death.
But the last visit was left to Chris Woakes this time and he successfully defended 16, closing the game out with three dots and a wicket.
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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and several foreign contenders were considered for the England manager's job prior to Gareth Southgate being chosen, according to Howard Wilkinson.
The League Managers Association chairman was on a five-man panel that interviewed Southgate at Wembley on Monday.
After impressing in four games in interim charge following Sam Allardyce's departure, the appointment of former England Under-21 boss Southgate appeared inevitable.
But Wilkinson insisted it was not simply a coronation and that other managers, including 39-year-old Howe, were debated.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Eddie was considered. He fulfilled many of the criteria but at the end of the day Gareth was in place, he had many of the qualities and experience that was thought important.
"I'm sure Eddie's time will come. Foreign managers were considered but what was taken into account was what is the way forward."
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England have named George Kruis and Tom Wood in their pack for Saturday's penultimate autumn international against Argentina at Twickenham.
Kruis is restored to the second row after completing his recovery from ankle surgery and replaces Joe Launchbury, who is serving a two-match ban for kicking an opponent in last weekend's 58-15 victory over Fiji.
Wood ousts Teimana Harrison at openside flanker, a role he performed in the series opener against South Africa with his Northampton team-mate dropping to the bench in place of Nathan Hughes.
In total there are four changes to starting XV that routed Fiji, with Mike Brown preferred to Alex Goode at full-back and Jonny May displacing Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing.
"Selection was interesting this week, but it shows how competitive and how much depth we are developing," head coach Eddie Jones said.
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