Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples has replaced the injured David Strettle in the England team to face France in the Six Nations championship at the Stade de France on Sunday, a team spokesman said on Saturday.

Strettle has been ruled out of the game because of chest pains following a sternum injury he picked up against Italy in Rome.

It's been a whirlwind 24 hours. I was back in Gloucester and had a call. I got the call to fly out yesterday, Sharples told reporters at the team's hotel in the outskirts of Paris.

I didn't officially find out until this morning. It's a great opportunity for me even if, obviously, you never wish injury for anyone. It's terrible for Dave.

(Reporting by Mathieu Baratas; Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by John Mehaffey)