Injured Strettle to miss Pumas Tests

GIANT Bath wing Matt Banahan has been drafted into the senior England squad after Harlequins&rsquo; David Strettle was ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Argentina with an abdominal injury.<br /><br />Banahan earned himself promotion from the second string Saxons squad by impressing in Saturday&rsquo;s 33-26 defeat to the Barbarians at Twickenham. The Jersey-born player, who is 6ft 7in tall and weighs 18 stone, marked his first senior England appearance with a try in the non-cap international. Banahan could make his official debut in Saturday&rsquo;s clash with the Pumas at Old Trafford, with England travelling to Salta for the second Test the following weekend.<br /><br />While Banahan&rsquo;s international prospects look set to flourish, Strettle&rsquo;s Test career continues to stall. The pacy 25-year-old has won just six caps since his debut in 2007, following a catalogue of injuries. Strettle has suffered a broken metatarsal three times, one of which saw him miss the 2007 World Cup.<br /><br />England will today decide on centre Jamie Noon, who tweaked a hamstring in Saturday&rsquo;s defeat.