England legend backs Owen Farrell to continue as skipper

Owen Farrell has received a vote of confidence from one of his predecessors as England skipper amid ongoing scrutiny of the fly-half’s captaincy.

“Did Martin Johnson win the World Cup on his own?” he asked on social media.

“Farrell needs help and support from his senior players – and he will get it.”

“Why do pundits think leadership and fortunes of a team rest with one man?” continued Carling, who joined Eddie Jones’ management team at the end of last year.

“Farrell is a fearsome competitor – a young captain with a real desire to learn and improve.

“I might be biased, but he has all the traits that I would follow.

“The man is a world-class player and just needs time before he is the same as a captain.”

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