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By Tom Fordyce
Sports author in Miyazaki, Japan
England’s class of 2019 lift the World Cup and can mimic the heroes of 2003, says defence coach John Mitchell.
England were knocked out at the group phase as hosts having exited from the quarter-finals at New Zealand in 2011.
“We can acquire it, most certainly. That is the exciting thing,” explained Mitchell.
“We will have to remain focused and make sure we do not get diverted at any point. We are going to need a tiny bit of chance and we’ll have to keep healthy.”
England begin their effort against Tonga at Sapporo following Sunday (11:15 BST) then meet the USA the subsequent Thursday, before the stiffer tests of Argentina and France finish their group fittings.
“Some players might need to measure up. You see that in other World Cups historically – that they ask questions of players who probably did not expect they were likely get as much enjoying time.,” added Mitchell.
“But it’s amazing what this championship does in terms of bringing more out of players. You need to contact your mates, so you need to trust that your mates, and do not fear making a mistake”
Should Eddie Jones’ side top Group C that they might meet with Australia or Wales in the quarter-finals, both of whom beat them at the group point.
However, hooker Jamie George is taking inspiration in the sole Englishman to raise the World Cup.
“I saw a video the other day on societal websites of Martin Johnson after the 2003 final that people have not seen very far,” George told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It had been an incredibly modest interview. He was speaking about the personnel, the players who had got them to this place.
“I simply thought to myself’What an amazing leader.’ And , what an amazing place to be in.
“It got the juices flowing. It offers you goose-bumps only thinking about it.
“We’re ultimately in Japan and it’s almost a little bit surreal. But you dream about these matters; you dream about winning World Cups.
“There’s a genuine belief in the squad that we’re able to do it. We are also aware that it is going to have a great deal for us to arrive. I’m unbelievably confident we’re in a brilliant place.
“I do not think many nations in the world can say they’ve obtained the depth we have.”
New Zealander Mitchell, who helped capture the USA through eligibility with this tournament and coached the All Blacks to the semi-finals in 2003, believes his old charges will start this time again.
“New Zealand are world champions and they have had some recent kind also,” he explained.
“They’ll prefer the conditions as well because it will suit their style of football – they prefer to move it about, they’re probably the ideal catch-pass team at the competition so that I would give them a terrific opportunity.
“You’ve then got Ireland and Wales that have had really great success over the last couple of decades. And I would not dismiss the Springboks – they seem very strong.”
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