Stuart Lancaster promised his novice England side would play their own game against Scotland and not ape Saracens's style even though the Premiership champions provide the bulk of the backs.
Lancaster, trying to rebuild England after their World Cup flop, unveiled his first team as acting head coach on Thursday for the champions' Six Nations opener at Murrayfield this weekend.
Saracens centres Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt are set to make their England debuts in Edinburgh on Saturday, with club-mate Charlie Hodgson recalled inside the duo at fly-half following the Test retirement of Jonny Wilkinson and the absence through injury of Toby Flood.
And the return of wing David Strettle means there are four Saracens in England's back division.
"It's a great occasion for me to announce my first England side in my role as head coach," said Lancaster, appointed on a caretaker basis following the post-World Cup resignation of former manager Martin Johnson.
"We've talked about building a team with longevity and developing a style of play that allows us to express our talents from both an attacking and defensive point of view.
"We like to think we've been true to our word," added Lancaster at England's training base here on Thursday.
Lancaster, formerly coach of England's reserve Saxons, was excited by the prospect of Hodgson, the most experienced player in his side with 36 caps and 20-year-old Farrell, the son of England coach Andy, linking up together against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Saracens are renowned for their attritional kicking game but even though Scotland-England matches at Murrayfield, where England haven't won for eight years, are notoriously gritty contests, Lancaster insisted his side would not be dependent on a limited gameplan.
"Saracens have got a unique style, we'll play Owen and Brad in our own way. We have our own personal philosophy.
"It should be a good day. That doesn't automatically mean you can move the ball where you want to move it.
"We want to make sure we have a 'plan b' that we can go to and cover the bases. You need to be able to tactically switch depending on the circumstances.
"We (the coaches) give them the tool-kit and they've got to pick the tools," added Lancaster, who has also given a debut to Northampton No 8 Phil Dowson.
The England team features 10 changes from the side that beat Scotland in the World Cup in October, a defeat that ended the Scots' record of always reaching the tournament's knockout stages, and nine from the subsequent quarter-final loss to France.
New England captain Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins flanker, will be winning only his second cap on Saturday and playing his first match at Murrayfield.
"When you are sending quite a few players who've never been been involved there, there is a certain naivety," Lancaster said.
"We've not won there since 2004, we realise it's a huge occasion. It's a very experienced Scotland side."
However, Lancaster said he was also trying to look the 2015 World Cup in England, as well as focusing on Saturday's match.
"It's about a team for now and a team for the future.
"There are about 40 games between now and the World Cup -- we have to get experience into a group of players."
Yet for all his lofty ideals Lancaster, whose position will be reviewed after the Six Nations, is well aware of the realities of his situation.
"We all know coaches are judged on results and performances."
Source: AFP Global Edition