England have been adviced to forget the Australia result and get back to winning ways. The 35-18 destruction of the Wallabies was the high point of Johnson’s reign but he warned that the Six Nations, which England have not won since he captained them to a grand slam en route to the World Cup triumph in 2003, is another matter.

“Not every game is going to be like that, it takes two teams to make a match like that,” Johnson told reporters at the Six Nations launch.

“That showed what we want to do and what we are capable of doing but on other occasions you have to impose yourself and find ways to break teams down.”