Farrell handed number 10 jersey

Owen Farrell has earned himself a spot at number 10

Owen Farrell has earned himself a spot at number 10

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Owen Farrell will start opposite fellow world player of the year nominee Dan Carter after being confirmed as England's starting fly-half against New Zealand.

Farrell has reclaimed the England number 10 jersey for the first time in six Tests after Toby Flood was sidelined by a toe injury he suffered in last weekend's 16-15 defeat to South Africa.

England will otherwise start with an unchanged team, although Northampton lock Courtney Lawes and the uncapped Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns come onto the bench.

Farrell and Carter are two of the four men on the shortlist for the International Rugby Board's prestigious award, along with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and France fly-half Frederic Michalak.

New Zealand also named their team on Thursday morning and Carter will start at Twickenham after recovering from an Achilles injury, as the All Blacks aim to extend a 20-Test unbeaten run.

England head into their final game of the QBE autumn series on the back of frustrating defeats to Australia (20-14) and South Africa.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We asked for a big response from the players after Australia and we got one last Saturday against South Africa, although ultimately we were denied.

"That frustration has been channelled this week and the whole squad has reacted with a determination to get a victory against the top team in the world."

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