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England will do anything to beat Irish -- Johnson

Martin Johnson has insisted England will do whatever it takes to beat Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday -- and he makes no apology for it.

England were panned by the critics following a performance against Italy so one-dimensional that even number eight Nick Easter admitted it was "boring".

Jonny Wilkinson took most of the flack after England became embroiled in a tedious kicking battle and ignored clear signs that Italy could not cope with a high-tempo running game.

England fans will expect a more positive effort against Ireland -- but Johnson reminded them that England head into the pivotal clash against last year's champions unbeaten.

Johnson warned his players not to play up to the Twickenham crowd.

"We don't need to get caught into thinking we need to prove people wrong or play a style of rugby because that's what people think we should do," said Johnson.

"When you win, generally you don't make apologies for how you do it, although we seem to have had to occasionally.

"If we have to kick for 80 minutes we will do that, if we have to run for 80 minutes we will do that.

"We need to make good decisions based on what's in front of us on the day. We will need to be good in all areas to beat Ireland."

Johnson gave a vote of confidence to Toulon out-half Wilkinson and the rest of the side that won 17-12 in Rome by naming an unchanged team.

"I find the amount of criticism that has gone Jonny's way a bit surprising and disappointing. I think it has gone over the top," said Johnson.

"Our failure to put some of those chances away (against Italy), was that because of Jonny Wilkinson? No, he is part of the team like everyone else is.

"I have a wry smile when I read some of those articles. I don't think I have to sit here and defend Jonny for what he has done in rugby."

Ireland arrive at Twickenham with their Grand Slam defence in tatters after a 33-10 defeat to pre-tournament favourites France in Paris last time out.

Johnson added: "We have all been to Paris and come away with our tails between our legs. I thought France played very well.

"Ireland will take that to heart and the only way of putting it right is the next game.

"We did some good things against Italy but we didn't finish them off. Maybe it is not a bad thing to have a game like that at times, it keeps everyone on edge."