England are peaking according to Jonny Wilkinson.
Eddie Jones’ side live on Sky Sports, face Italy in their match on Friday, and will be confident of success.
Six Nations champions are also beaten by england last month before narrowly losing the osmosis at Cardiff and Wilkinson was impressed with their preparations for the World Cup, which starts on September 20 at Tokyo.
“They’ve used the pre-season brilliantly, ” the warm-up games,” said Wilkinson. “They’re almost peaking and have obtained momentum going on, which is very good.
“Every game appears to have a real goal and objective about why they’re playing it, which staff they are picking and the reason why they’re choosing it.
“It isn’t only a case of’Let’s see whether we can win a few games’, it’s more’Let’s go and watch what we’re really capable of, put some stuff into practice that we have been working on in camp’.
“The guys look excited, fresh and physically prepared. I think that is going to be crucial going in today, that they don’t do a lot of but do enough to be in a confident state of mind come the very first match.”
England stay with Wilkinson famously kicking his side, the northern hemisphere country to have won the World Cup.
Australia could be faced by england in the quarter-finals of the year’s tournament and Wilkinson has backed the current generation if they hit the last four, to really move all of the way.
“The obstacle for me was constantly quarter-finals,” he explained. “The championship was always split into two phases – the Pool stage along with the latter phases but today I feel the quarter-final retains an interesting position.
“Two of the World Cups I had been involved in we exited at the quarter-final and others went right to the closing. That is the turning point, for me.
“After you hit this semi-final stage there’s a particular amount of allowing things to go the way that they are. We felt strong about semi-finals, just like that isn’t where it finishes.
“However, the quarter-final is that point where you come out of the group stages and people believe’this isn’t enough, it’s insufficient’, semi-final is where you think if you get there you’re moving.
“I’d really like to find that a few northern hemisphere names in that semi-final draw and surely to see one of them at the closing will be nice. When it had been England I would be even happier.”
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