A proud France head coach in Laurent Frayssinous believes England can go all the way and win this year’s World Cup following his side’s 42-18 defeat to Shaun Wane’s men.
England ran in seven tries against France, who threatened themselves, having fought back from 18-0 down for a six point deficit at 18-12 at the break.
However, England’s dominance came through in the second half, with Dom Young scoring a brace alongside tries from Elliott Whitehead and Victor Radley. Ryan Hall scoring two alongside Luke Thompson in the first half.
Despite the defeat, Frayssinous remained upbeat and praised his opponents.
“England can go all the way,” he said. “They’ve got a massive pack of forwards and their back five could be the best in the competition, and to think Tommy Makinson didn’t play tonight.
“Their spine is experienced and has quality players. They could definitely win the World Cup.”
When asked which player stood out for the opposition, Frayssinous picked Radley, who scored his first try in England colours.
“I’m a big fan of Victor Radley,” the France boss said.
“He’s tough. He can create space on his own and he can create space when played out the back. He knows what to do and when to do stuff.”
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France face Samoa next Sunday in the final group stages, with both sides fighting it out for the second spot of Group A and a place in the quarter-finals.
“Definitely,” Frayssinous replied when asked if his side could beat Samoa.
“We played England 12 months ago and I can see between last year and this year a massive improvement on the way we play the game and the way we attack and defend.
“I think we keep on building and we keep on learning. We learned a few things tonight and we go and play Samoa with good confidence because I think we deserve some credit for the last two games.”