Martin Johnson has urged his players to ignore the criticisms aimed at them ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham and keep to their gameplan.
Despite winning their opening two fixtures, Johnson’s side have been slated for the style of their play, with fly-half Jonny Wilkinson taking most of the flak.
And while the crowd at Twickenham will be expectant of a more polished performance, Johnson has reminded his side it is the result that counts most.
Johnson said: “We don't need to get caught into thinking we need to prove people wrong or play a style of rugby because that's what people think we should do.
“When you win, generally you don't make apologies for how you do it, although we seem to have had to occasionally.
“If we have to kick for 80 minutes we will do that, if we have to run for 80 minutes we will do that.
“We need to make good decisions based on what's in front of us on the day.”
Johnson demonstrated his faith in his team by naming the same starting XV that lined up to face Italy in Rome in their last game.
And the England head coach is wary of an Irish backlash after they were beaten by France 33-10 last time out.
Johnson added: “We have all been to Paris and come away with our tails between our legs. I thought France played very well”
“Ireland will take that to heart and the only way of putting it right is the next game.”