Make Stuart Lancaster permanent England boss, says Ben Foden
England full-back Ben Foden would like to see interim head coach Stuart Lancaster handed the job on a permanent basis
Ben Foden wants Stuart Lancaster to sign on as permanent England coach after the Six Nations.
“Yes [I would like him to be handed the permanent role.] I think he’s doing a fantastic job,” Foden told The Sport Review after Saturday’s 19-12 defeat by Wales at Twickenham. “It’s not up to us, it’s up to the powers above but he’s doing a great job at the moment.
“He definitely has the full support of the squad and all of the management as well. So hopefully we’ll win in France.”
Reflecting on the loss to Warren Gatland’s side, the full-back added: “It is gutting but we know Wales are a very good side and if you’re going to win in the top internationals you’ve got to play for the full 80 minutes.
“It is disappointing to say the least after such a massive performance but hopefully we’ll take a lot of confidence from it.”
The 26-year-old was not convinced by the disallowed Try verdict in the dying moments. “I think there has been a mixed bag [whether it was a Try],” he said.
“It was like the Mark Cueto Try in the 2007 World Cup final, everyone will have their opinion but it wasn’t given, it wasn’t our day and sometimes you just don’t get those calls.
“I think the draw would have been a fair result. We played against one of the best sides in the world and it was a coin toss really to see who won today. They took their opportunity Try very well and that was the difference.”
Despite the result, Foden was delighted with England’s performance and strategy. “We went out there with a game plan and we did very well with it.
“We had a few opportunities. We’ll probably look back at the video and see some areas where we could have exposed them more or finished them off better but we’re a developing team.”
The squad now will look ahead to a crunch tie with France in a fortnight. “We need to continue like that in defence as I thought at times we looked impenetrable.
“At one point they went through 20 phases and hardly moved from where the ball came from so we have to take confidence from that.
“Our attack was much better today , we used Manu [Tuilagi] and got the ball out wide quicker. We missed a few opportunities and left some Tries out on the field. But that’s something for us to work on this week and iron out the creases and come back stronger against France.”
Lancaster himself insisted his England side “did the Rose proud” after the last-gasp defeat at Twickenham.
“We are hugely disappointed to lose but I’m very proud of the players and the effort they put in,” Lancaster said after the game.
“Part of developing a side is giving them experience and I think both sides will look back at the game and wonder about what they could have done differently.
“Wales are a team who have been together a long, long time and we are a team that has been together for three weeks. We should take great credit from that.”
He added: “There was a lot we talked about in training that we began to see come through but the players are obviously hurting.
“With all the intensity the lads played with credit and did the Rose proud. A match like that was always going to be won by fine margins and it’s important that we learn from that and move on against France.”