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Martin Johnson silent over England future

October 10th, 2011 by · No Comments · Features

• ‘I’m not getting into that conversation now,’ manager says

• England were second best as France won 19-12 in Auckland

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Martin Johnson refused to answer questions over his future as England manager after his side crashed out of the World Cup

Look ear - I'm no getting into that...

with a 19-12 loss to France. Les Bleus will meet Wales next Saturday in Auckland after taking advantage of a shambolic showing by England that could yet spell the end of Johnson’s reign as manager, with his contract set to expire in December.

“I’m not getting into that conversation now,” Johnson said when asked about his future. “It’s not the right place or the right people or the right time. We’ll see. I’ll give it a couple of days, assess myself and how we’ve been.”

First-half tries from Vincent Clerc and Maxime Médard propelled France into a 16-0 lead. Ben Foden responded with a try in a better second half for England, but France edged further ahead with a drop goal from François Trinh-Duc.

Although Mark Cueto wrestled his way over the line for a second England try in the closing minutes, Johnson’s men limped out of the tournament.

For the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Simon Shaw, Mike Tindall and captain Lewis Moody the defeat spells the likely end of their World Cup careers, but Johnson believes England’s future is bright heading towards hosting the 2015 tournament.

“I believe this team’s best days are ahead of it,” he said. “A lot of them are at their first World Cup and they’re better for the experience. We left ourselves with far too much to do. It’s brutal. France ultimately deserved to win.”

 

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