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Last Updated: Monday, 24 November, 2003, 10:53 GMT
World Cup quotes
England skipper Martin Johnson
A digest of the best quotes from those closest to England's World Cup win - the players and coach.

Martin Johnson: "I can't say enough about the team, because we had the lead and we lost it but we came back. And I can't say enough about Wilko at the end.

"He is a very special player, a very special person."

Jonny Wilkinson: "I feel like a very proud member of a very proud team. This is not the end of our journey, it's part of the road we're on and we have to use it to motivate us further.

"I did have a couple of beers, but that was only really as a solidarity thing with the other guys. There are times for letting yourself go, but Saturday night I just wanted to let it all soak in."

Jason Leonard: "I don't think it's sunk in for anyone yet. It's been more a case of winning a match and then going out on a Saturday night with mates."

All the crap that everyone has given us about being too old and boring makes it extra special
Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson: "To say we celebrated in style would be the understatement of the year. We've had a big one - an absolute blinder and I think it's been richly deserved.

"You can't underestimate the power of our supporters. The atmosphere all week was second to none."

Lawrence Dallaglio: "It might be difficult to understand but I never felt we were going to lose that game - it was the inner steel, the inner belief within the squad that whatever it takes we will win."

Ben Kay: "The missed try was a basic error but thankfully it didn't cost us in the end. That spurred me on to go out and do some damage in defence."

Will Greenwood: "At the moment for us it feels like it's been a successful England tour.

"It will probably hit us when we get back. The phones have been red hot from back home.

Phil Vickery: "We scrummed very well but we seemed to get penalised for it. The referee had his reasons and I have no axe to grind."

Richard Hill: "A lot of it is a blur at the moment. I'll have to see it again before I remember what went on."

Lewis Moody: "Just trying to get out of the hotel foyer took about 45 minutes: we've been signing all sorts of body parts.

"Just holding the Webb Ellis Cup was a buzz, although I have to say it's pretty small. For all the effort we've put in, you'd think they'd have given Martin Johnson something bigger."

I think these guys are superstars
Clive Woodward

Clive Woodward: "We came very close to blowing it. Every decision seemed to go against them, and yet they still won, and that is the sign of a champion team.

"They are a great bunch of players with a great captain, and I am just very proud and privileged to be in charge of them."





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