England are peaking at the Ideal time Before the Rugby World Cup in Japan, according to Jonny Wilkinson.
Eddie Jones’ side face Italy in their game on Friday, live on Sky Sports, and are confident of victory after beating Ireland at a listing win at Twickenham in their last match.
England conquer Six Nations champions Wales month before losing the reverse osmosis at Wilkinson and Cardiff was impressed for the World Cup, which starts in Tokyo.
“They have used the pre-season brilliantly, ” the warm-up matches,” said Wilkinson. “They are almost peaking and have obtained momentum heading on, which is great.
“Every game seems to have a true intention and objective about why they’re playing it, which staff they are picking and the reason why they’re picking it.
“It isn’t only a case of’Let us see if we could win a couple of games’, it is more’Let’s go and see what we’re really capable of, and put some things into practice which we have been working on in camp’.
“The men look excited, refreshing and physically prepared. I think that will be key going in now, that they don’t do a lot of but do enough to be in a certain state of mind come the very first game.”
England remain together using Wilkinson famously blowing off at his side, the northern hemisphere nation 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 to really go all the way if they hit the final four.
“The obstacle for me personally was constantly quarter-finals,” he said. “The championship was always divided into two stages – the Pool stage and the latter stages but today I feel the quarter-final retains an intriguing position.
“Two of those World Cups I had been involved we left at the quarter-final and the others went directly to the final. That’s the turning point, for me.
“After you hit that semi-final stage there’s a specific level of letting things to go the way they are. We constantly felt powerful about semi-finals, where it ends, almost like this is not.
“However, the quarter-final is that point where you come out of the group phases and people think’this is not enough, it’s never enough’, semi-final is where you believe should you get there you’re moving.
“I’d like to see a few northern hemisphere names because semi-final draw and surely to see one of them in the closing will be fine. If it had been England I would be happier.”
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