Wednesday 20 September 2017

Leaderless England will win nothing

Kieran Marmion in action during training
Kieran Marmion in action during training
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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You need world-class players in certain positions and, unfortunately for England, they don't have a world-class captain.

That's not a slight on Chris Robshaw's character - he is a good player. But is he up there with the best?

To win a World Cup, you need to have a world-class players that can lead the team from the front.

When England won the World Cup in 2003 they had Martin Johnson, who was a phenomenal captain. But even behind him there was Richard Hill, Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio. They were all top-class players, guys who can lead a team, and players who won't falter under pressure.

England bottled it against Wales; they had their chance as the Welsh players were dropping like flies, but the English 'leaders' went into their shell.

We will never know the full extent of what happened when England were awarded that late penalty, and George Ford kicked for the corner.

But there can be no excuse, Robshaw needs to tell his kicker: 'You're kicking this'.

Jonny Wilkinson would never have said 'no' to Martin Johnson, and that decision said it all about this English team.

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