Rugby World Cup Mark Cueto backs England to thrive under pressure at World Cup

England will thrive under the spotlight of playing in a Rugby World Cup on home soil, according to Mark Cueto.

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Mark Cueto has backed England to turn the pressure of playing in a Rugby World Cup at home into a positive.

The 2003 winners begin their World Cup campaign in the tournament opener against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.

England are second favourites behind New Zealand, despite finishing second in the Six Nations behind Ireland.

But former England wing Cueto " who controversially had a try disallowed in their loss to South Africa in the 2007 final " told Perform: "With it being at home it's nothing but an advantage.

"England are strong at Twickenham, and hopefully the games dotted around the country are all going to feel like home games.

"For me I don't think they'll be any added pressure. They've got to bottle it up, turn it into a positive and I'm sure they will.

"It's going to be tough. The Six Nations was disappointing again to lose it in that last game and they're definitely progressing.

"To win in Wales in the opening game of the Six Nations and in the fashion that they did was incredible and that will definitely give them an advantage going into the World Cup.

"Form is almost thrown out the window. World Cups - you've got to win every game.

"From my experience, going into 2007 we couldn't have been worse prepared and we got into the final and on the flip side, we couldn't have been better prepared as an England team, we had the best results for 10 years going into 2011 [when England lost to France in the quarter-finals] and it didn't work out.

"You've got to be really switched on for every game and take every game as it comes."

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