England coach Steve McNamara positive despite defeat
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England coach Steve McNamara is sure his young team will be better for the experience of Sunday's 34-14 Four Nations defeat by Australia.
Australia scored six tries in response to England's two and were worthy winners in rain-soaked Melbourne.
"We came here with the sole intention of winning this competition, but it's also about making ourselves stronger for the future," said McNamara.
"I certainly think we've made some strides forward in this tournament."
England's defeat means they will now play Papua New Guinea next Saturday to avoid the wooden spoon while Australia will meet New Zealand in the final group game later that day before facing them again in the final a week later.
"This team has an average age of 24, the captain (James Graham) is only 25, the other starting frontrower (Sam Burgess) is only 21 and the outside backs probably only have 10 caps between them," added McNamara.
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