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Saracens full-back Alex Goode says England must 'carry on where they left off' against Scotland on Saturday
Saracens full-back Alex Goode says England have to "carry on where they left off" when they take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup on Saturday.
Stuart Lancaster's side defied all the odds last time out, beating World Champions New Zealand 38-21 and Goode wants the team to carry that momentum into the Six Nations.
"We have to make sure we're playing at the same level as the New Zealand game, not dip and then try and get back to that level," Goode said.
"A lot of people will give us the favourites tag becuase of what happened against New Zealand but we have to treat each game on its merit.
"The Six Nations now isn't just about two teams, it's about a lot of good teams in there - the French were very strong in the autumn, the Welsh and the Irish both who we've got away are class teams, the Italians are unbelievable and really take it to you and the Scots who have been written off, they'll want to prove something.
"So all the teams have a right to win it as far as we're concerned - we have to carry on where we left off and hopefully that confidence will serve us well."
Goode impressed during the autumn internationals with his creative running and ability to join in the back line and looked to have cemented his spot as first choice number 15.
The Sarries man though insists there is still competition for places which is beneficial for the team.
"There's a few of us going for that spot and we're going to be fighting for years to come there's no doubt about it," Goode said.
"We've all got years left in all of us and I know it sounds a bit cheesy but I think it brings the best out of all of us.
"We all try and bring a bit more to it and that's a great dilemma for the coaches to have and Mike (Brown) did unbelievably well on the wing and showed what a class player he is and Ben Foden's done the same so we just have to see how it goes."
England, like Sarries, have come under criticism in recent times for not being ambitious enough going forward.
But Goode insists while the national team are trying to be more inventive, there is more to a successful side than attacking flair.
"The game isn’t just about creativity, it's about game management, running it playing in the right areas," he said.
"Usually the fly-halves have a big say in that and if I can help the fly out with the kicking, the passing and just give another option making it harder for them then I'm just as happy creating the tries.
"At the end of the day test rugby is very tough defensively and it's about maximising the opportunities you get given and that's what we have to do."
Goode used to play number 10 and is often linked with a return to the role. But the 24-year-old insists right now he is happy where he is.
"Im very happy playing full-back - at the moment things are going well," he said.
"Playing for England in any position is a joy and that's enough for me."
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