Sam Tomkins says England are on the right path for success in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup after a narrow defeat to Australia in the RLWC Final.
Just a Boyd Cordner try separated the sides in a pulsating game at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
England will host the 2021 tournament and Tomkins is backing them to go one better next time out.
Writing for the BBC Sport website, Tomkins commented: “Losing 6-0 to Australia in the World Cup final will be tough to take for the England players.
“But I think the squad can be pleased with their efforts when they look back at it in a few days or weeks.
“At the moment they will be hurting a lot. It’s tough when you have come that close to winning a World Cup and creating a huge amount of history for the sport and the country.
“They can feel proud, but they will probably not realise what a great effort it was until they settle down and watch the game back.
“If you look at how England have improved over the past seven or eight years to reach this stage, this is as good as we have been.
“Losing to the Aussies by six points means we are definitely on the right path and just need to keep that trend going.
“We are gradually building, getting better and better year on year. We are getting stronger squads, we are getting more competition for places, and that needs to continue if we are going to compete with Australia.
“The Kangaroos have got the luxury of having probably 40 players who could warrant an England spot.
“We don’t have that in England, so we need to make sure we are pushing to develop the biggest pool of world-class players we can.
“Everyone has their opinion of what a team’s potential is, but we have got a strong enough side to win the World Cup.
“I believe that, and think we showed that on Saturday.”
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