McNamara: Focus on Australia
England head coach Steve McNamara has backed his squad to bounce back from Saturday's embarrassing World Cup warm-up defeat to Italy.
McNamara's troops were expected to brush aside the international minnows in Salford, but Josh Mantellato's last-gasp drop-goal secured a famous victory for the Azzurri.
England are not dwelling on the loss with odds-on favourites Australia first up this Saturday when the World Cup gets underway with a double-header at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
McNamara admits England made mistakes in their final warm-up, although that will not detract from their focus of taking on the Kangaroos in south Wales this weekend.
"We understand the mistakes we made in that game and we move on," he told Sky Sports. "We look forward to Australia and the challenge that Australia poses is going to be a tough one.
"We've been building a long period of time for this. It's not just about this game it's about the whole tournament. The next game is the focus for us and there's no better way to start than Australia in a world class arena in Cardiff."
While McNamara accepts Italy were on song he knows England were not quite at the races and that they will need to make significant improvements.
"Italy were very good. They have a team with a lot of experience. We took our eye off the ball," he continued.
"We didn't concentrate on that game. Our preparation had been great in South Africa in the two weeks that we'd been out there.
"Look, it was a lesson for ourselves. Us as a nation in particular, England, if we don't concentrate and be at our best in every game we can be beaten in this competition."