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Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 22:25 GMT 23:25 UK
Woodward upbeat after win
Ben Kay goes over to score a try against Argentina
Woodward has praised Kay's performance
Coach Clive Woodward believes England's victory over Argentina proves that the squad has outstanding strength in depth.

A number of established internationals were missing from the side as the 28-16 win was achieved by a young, inexperienced team.

That has given Woodward good reason for optimism ahead of the world Cup in 2003.

He said: "Every team has one eye on the World Cup next year, and to give yourself any chance at a World Cup, you have got to arrive with 30 outstanding players.

"A lot of the players have come through very strongly, which is good long-term."


Argentina are one of the world's best - no team will get an easy ride against them
Clive Woodward

Second-half tries from Leicester lock Ben Kay and Bristol wing Phil Christophers underpinned a brilliant England fightback after they had trailed 12-3 at the break.

"We didn't play in the first half as we had prepared for this game, but it was a case of not changing anything and trying to keep possession," said Woodward.

"We suddenly got all the ball in the second half, and with Charlie Hodgson and Andy Gomarsall in charge there were gaps all over the place.

"Ben Kay had a stunning match. He showed he is world-class and, along with Phil Vickery, he was the outstanding player in the pack and his try was a brilliant effort.

"David Flatman showed great footwork in the build-up to Christophers' try, and his final pass was worth coming all this way just to watch."

Skipper Vickery added: "The players didn't surprise me. There was a lot of determination out there, and they all wanted to do well.

"We always said that we would give it our best shot, and we never gave up.

"We applied more pressure in the second half, had a couple of lucky breaks and scored some points."

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