Sir Clive Woodward believes England have developed the game to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
England’s 48-14 victory over Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday extended Eddie Jones’ record to 22 wins from 23 matches since his appointment as head coach in November 2015.
Woodward, who guided England to World Cup glory in 2003, feels Jones’ side have “something special” and will be challenging champions New Zealand at the 2019 tournament in Japan.
“If I was an England player I would be going back to my club after the autumn games very excited,” Woodward told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.
“They know the big goal is the World Cup in Japan and as a player, deep down, you know you’ve got a chance and you’re going there not to make the numbers.
“You know you’re in something special and England will be there in two years’ time right at the top of the tree.
“What I like about England now is that they can play a whole variety of ways.
“They show some great skills, but when they want to play really tough and go physically at teams they can do that as well.
“To win a World Cup you’ve got to have a team who can play all different ways and also change tactics during the game.”