Farrell draws Wilkinson comparisons
Saracens' Owen Farrell has been compared to Jonny Wilkinson as he prepares to receive his first senior England call-up.
The 20-year-old fly-half or centre is set to replace Wilkinson, who has retired from international rugby, in England's new-look 32-man squad for the Six Nations.
"You are dealing with a kid who is very, very determined. He has a great work ethic, constantly wanting to improve his analysis and understanding of the game," said former England flanker Richard Hill. "He has the ability to play 10 and 12. He will tailor his game and improve his game constantly."
He added: "He is one of these characters who is almost obsessed, in the most positive way, with being a better player."
Harlequins trio Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Jordan Turner-Hall are all expected to be included on Wednesday while Northampton's Lee Dixon is set to be named as the third scrum-half in the absence of Danny Care (suspended) and Richard Wigglesworth (injured).
Callum Clarke, the Saints loose-forward, is also in line for a call-up after being name-checked by interim coach Stuart Lancaster more than any other player.
Farrell may be yet to complete a full season in the Aviva Premiership but he was pivotal in the club's victory over Leicester in last season's final. The flattering comparison was made by Hill, a man not known for hyperbole who has worked with Farrell at Saracens.
Hill won the World Cup alongside Wilkinson in 2003 and sees a very familiar drive and determination in Farrell.
Hill added: "There are definitely the same characteristics. Both are self-driven with a strong desire to be the best, they are not prepared to accept other peoples' perception of where they could get to."
Farrell has been tipped to start England's Six Nations campaign in their problem position of inside centre but he has shone on the Premiership and European stage at both fly-half and outside centre.