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McNamara: Stick with us
‘STICK with us’ is Steve McNamara’s plea to fans after England’s embarrassing defeat to international newcomers Italy in Salford.
Coming just seven days before England open their World Cup campaign against heavy favourites Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, kick off 2.30pm, the 15-14 loss in heavy rain succeeded in washing away any confidence that had tentatively begun to build among fans in the final countdown to the opening ceremony.
But McNamara will not be deterred and neither, more importantly, will his players.
“Stick with us is without doubt our message,” he said.
“It was a blip what happened at the weekend and possibly a timely one. But the players have reacted well and are confident.
“We have a strong group with a lot of quality players, so we are ready to send in a team that will hope to do very well against Australia.”
England have not beaten the Kangaroos in seven years.
“To beat Australia every individual has to be at their best and to play to the maximum of their potential,” said McNamara.
“We know the quality, not just of Australia, but of all the teams in this competition.
“But we also understand the quality we have within our own group and what we have achieved as a national team recently.
“We set out with the aim of trying to win this tournament.
“Winning a World Cup should not be easy, it should be difficult and that is what it is going to be.”
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