England steamrolled Greece on Saturday running in 17 tries in a record-breaking 94-4 win to put their rivals on notice as the knockout stages begin this weekend.
But the big question to answer is: can England win the World Cup.
After the game on Saturday, Greece coach Steve Georgallis had his say on England’s chances of success revealing that a conversation with former St Helens star Luke Thompson confirmed to him that England have the togetherness needed but warned that Papua New Guinea will be a tough opponent next week at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium: “Definitely England can win the World Cup. I was talking to Luke Thompson after the game because I coached him at the Bulldogs and I said to him ‘it was amazing, I thought we were in the game for 10-15 minutes and then England clicked into gear.’
“They had a lot of class, they created a lot of opportunities and scored some really good tries. You’ll have Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals, they’ll be tough.
“Thompson said that they’re a really good and close unit. So yeah I think they can go all the way.”
Meanwhile Greece skipper Jordan Meads also backed England to go far believing they have improved over the last five years: “We weren’t surprised. They are a phenomenal outfit and I know over the last five or six years they’ve progressively got a bit better.
“You look at the performance at St James’ Park, the real tests are to come but I certainly expect them to be there when the whips are cracking.”