sport news SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: England's magic and confidence has been dismantled... I saw ...

It gives me no great pleasure to say I saw this coming. France are on the up and, already sharpened by the arrival of Shaun Edwards, defended well at key moments. England arrived with the wrong team and clearly have not yet shaken off that depressing World Cup final result.

Given all that, I was surprised at the confidence some pundits were showing in an England victory.

It also demonstrated yet again the futility of all the pre-match talk of brutality and physicality and teaching France a few lessons about Test rugby! All the intensity came from France, at least for the first 55 minutes before they began to lose a shape and concentration.

England's defeat to France showed they have not gotten over their World Cup final defeat

England's defeat to France showed they have not gotten over their World Cup final defeat 

As for becoming the best rugby team ever and all that hyperbole, England should simply concentrate on becoming the best rugby team for the next 80 minutes. And then the next. That what true champion teams do — they never get ahead of themselves.

The time for talking is now over, England must respond to this through their actions on the field of play, circle the wagons and stop all this media hype which is just nonsense and making them all look rather stupid. 

Now they must focus every bit of energy on a much improved display on and off the pitch against the Scots because make no mistake, Saturday’s trip to Murrayfield will be just as tough as this game and again I make Scotland firm favourites.

The experiment of playing Tom Curry at No 8 and Courtney Lawes at six just didn’t work. Alex Dombrandt, who should have been in the squad from the off, needs to come in for the Scotland game as a starter and Curry must return to his normal spot at blindside with Lawes on the bench.

Eddie Jones' team must respond through their performances rather than their talk

Eddie Jones' team must respond through their performances rather than their talk 

England lacked a strong ball carrier off the base or somebody to make some hard yards and off-load, all of which sets defences problems. Yesterday all France had to do was keep an eye on Ben Youngs, who wasn’t enjoying a great game and was offering little threat from the base. The French defence has improved but England made it so easy for them.

The stronger scrummaging Luke Cowan-Dickie should probably start ahead of Jamie George, who looked flat, and England need George Kruis alongside Maro Itoje in the second row. Ellis Genge is another who has earned a start at Murrayfield. He really did bring some intensity to proceedings.

Owen Farrell endured the worst game I have seen him produce for England but I would back him to come good and, indeed, I would move him to 10, which means a slot at outside centre for Jonathan Joseph.

France are an up and coming side and had far too much energy and intensity for England

France are an up and coming side and had far too much energy and intensity for England 

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