England to win the World Cup. Really? As tough as that concept is to digest and as awkward as it seems when they splutter through matches, England have a side built for tournament battle.
They have all the physical ingredients to threaten any challenger backed by an astute coaching group to deliver a blend of pragmatic power deep into the competition.
For all those genuine threats there are flaky edges to their work which bubbled through their latest win against an under-manned Argentina.
England have found riches with Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, Maro Itoje is a superb athlete,