Lewis Moody insists England's wounded players are "chomping at the bit" to prove their army of critics wrong in tomorrow's final autumn showdown against New Zealand.
England have faced a barrage of criticism after an insipid performance in last weekend’s 16-9 victory over Argentina followed an 18-9 defeat to Australia.
Manager Martin Johnson has urged his squad to harness that criticism and take it out against the All Blacks, who arrive at Twickenham as the newly-installed number one team in the world.
Moody said: “We would be the first people to say that our form last week wasn’t good enough and we have to improve on that massively.
“We go into the game as underdogs but we will be chomping at the bit to try to put things right.
“The anxious energy is fizzing at the moment. When anyone is criticised you want to go back at them and show them why that’s not the case.
“For us it is about being a team. It is about going out there and leaving no stone unturned on the pitch. You never question an England’s team’s effort.
“We have just got to go out there and put twice as much passion and pride on the line as we do normally.
“This is the last game of the autumn series and you always want to go out with a bang and we will be making sure we will be crossing every bridge to be there.”