Former MK star Ed Slater picked for England

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Ed Slater has been called up to the England rugby union squad ahead of the Six Nations.

The 25-year-old Leicester Tigers star will be part of Stuart Lancaster’s side aiming to win the tournament for the first time since 2011.

Slater played most of his teenage rugby at Greenleys for Milton Keynes and was instrumental in helping Milton Keynes get promoted from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon premier division and winning the Bucks Shield in the 2005/06 season.

He made his Tigers debut in the 2010/11 season and has since become a regular at Welford Road.

After a call-up to the England Saxons squad, Slater’s fine form this season has been rewarded with a full call to the England squad ahead of the tournament in spring.

Slater hopes to become the second City player to earn an England cap, following full back Paul Hull, who won four caps in 1994.