England are one of the best teams in the world at the moment, if not the best.
But, before Eddie Jones became head coach in 2015, they had gone through a rough spell.
The White were a shadow of the team they are now for much of the 2010s.
As the decade comes to an end we’ve decided to put together England’s most dissapointing team over the past 10 years.
NOTE: These players are very good players, but for one reason or another it didn’t quite work out for them at Test level
FB: Alex Goode – He’s been one of the standout players in the Gallagher Premiership throughout the last decade. However, it has never really worked out at international level with Eddie Jones not even considering him despite the numerous trophies he’s won with Sarries and the fact he was crowned European player of the year in 2019.
LW: Christian Wade – Made one appearance for England against Argentina back in 2013, playing the full 80 minutes but never looked like scoring. Should have had more opportunities before making the switch to American football, so has to go down as wasted talent.
OC: Billy Twelvetrees – Tipped to be England’s next big thing back in 2010, the versatile back made his England debut in 2013 and did go onto make 22 appearances in the next two years before missing out on Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad in 2015. Had all the attributes to be a world-class player – but it just never really worked out like everyone expected.
IC: Sam Burgess – Car-crash. He was fast-tracked into the 2015 World Cup squad in defiance of logic. Bath and the player himself each shoulder varying degrees of blame for arguably the greatest cross-code flop in history. We’re not saying he was an awful player, but the whole thing was a complete disaster.
RW: Semesa Rokoduguni – Never let England down when he pulled on the jersey, but for him to win just four caps is really disappointing considering his ability. Deserved far more.