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Win over Australia was vital for England, says Foden

Mark Cueto

Highlights - England 35-18 Australia

Ben Foden says England would have been "back to square one" if they had not triumphed over Australia at Twickenham.

England won in fine style, beating the Wallabies 35-18 thanks to one of their best performances in recent years.

Full-back Foden said: Although we saw [defeat by] the All Blacks as another step forward, a loss against Australia and it would all have been eradicated.

"A lot of the hard work we'd done over the summer off the back of the Six Nations would have been undone."

England bounced back from their 26-16 loss to the All Blacks to notch a record victory over the Wallabies, scoring more than 32 points against them for the first time and equalling their biggest winning margin.


And with Australia potential semi-final opponents in the semi-finals of next year's World Cup in New Zealand, Foden added: "The southern hemisphere teams have to take us seriously.

"That was our main aim, to put ourselves up there and make sure we're competing with the big boys. That's what we've gone out to do. We've put down a marker now.

"Australia beat New Zealand a couple of weeks ago, we gave the All Blacks a good run for their money, and they know we're a threat.

"Australia will certainly be thinking about us come World Cup time."

Despite winning in style, with Chris Ashton scoring two brilliant tries and Toby Flood kicking 25 points, Northampton star Foden echoed England manager Martin Johnson's call not to get too carried away.

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"Every game we need to notch it up a little bit further and keep growing as a team. That's what's going to make us great at the end of the day," he stated.

"We'll go back to work next week and look at ways to improve. We just need to keep on working because we're by no means the finished article."

Rugby league convert Ashton paid tribute to his late father for urging him to stick with union while struggling to make the grade at Northampton.

Kevin Ashton died in May but was in his son's thoughts as he raced under the posts to score his brilliant length-of-the-field try second try against Australia.

"My Dad didn't want me to go back to rugby league with my head in my hands and say sorry," Ashton said.

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"I had a lot of help at Northampton, but my dad helped get me back on track. He was close to my thoughts when I dived over."

He added: "We have won our last two Tests against Australia and played well in both, but we have to back it up next week and prove against Samoa we are going in the right direction."

England face the physical threat of Samoa next Saturday, followed by a clash against world champions South Africa at Twickenham on 27 November.

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