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England outcasts Danny Care and Sam Simmonds 'emerge as SHOCK potential picks for Warren Gatland's Lions squad... with Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith and Bath number nine Ben Spencer also under consideration' ahead of Thursday's announcement Harlequins duo Marcus Smith and Danny Care could be picked for the Lions Exeter's Sam Simmonds and Bath's Ben Spencer are also under consideration All four players are currently struggling to break into Eddie Jones' England squad Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad for the tour of South Africa on Thursday  

By Kieran Jackson For Mailonline

Published: 10:06 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 10:06 BST, 4 May 2021

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Four English players currently exiled from Eddie Jones' national team have emerged as shock potential picks for the Lions squad for the tour of South Africa this summer. 

In-form Harlequins duo Marcus Smith and Danny Care are being considered for selection by head coach Warren Gatland ahead of Thursday's squad announcement. 

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In addition, Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds and Bath scrum-half Ben Spencer could also be picked for the upcoming tour, according to Sky Sports, with Gatland expected to pick a 36-man squad in two days time. 

Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith, who is yet to be capped for England, could be picked for the Lions on Thursday

Quins number nine Care could also be a shock inclusion in Warren Gatland's squad

Harlequins duo Marcus Smith (L) and Danny Care (R) could be picked for the Lions squad 

Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds was named European Player of the Year last season

Bath's Ben Spencer came on in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final but has played just four times for England

Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds (L) and Bath's Ben Spencer are also shock potential picks 

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