England manager Martin Johnson believes his side have silenced the critics following their 21-20 win over Australia in Sydney.
Johnson’s side recorded their first victory on Australian soil since the manager himself was captain at the World Cup final in 2003.
First-half tries from Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs helped England on their way to a morale boosting victory following the bruising 27-17 defeat to the Wallabies last week.
And under pressure boss Johnson, believes the victory can see some of his young side go from strength to strength ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.
"Today we showed everyone we can play – we knew we could, we just had to go and do it,” said Johnson.
“Unfortunately there has been a lot of negativity around this side at times. But they have been mentally tough to come through that and play well.
"This result is really good for the players and coaches. It doesn't happen that often so to win one here is pretty special.
"I have said all week I don't worry about my record or my job, I worry about this team getting better.
“The team improved from last week and plenty of young players will be better for the experience of the tour both the victory and the defeats.”
England round their tour off with a match against the New Zealand Maoris, who last week defeated Ireland 31-28, in Napier on June 23.