England are currently peaking according to Jonny Wilkinson.
Eddie Jones’ side face Italy in their closing warm-up game on Friday, live on Sky Sports, and are assured of victory.
England conquer at Six Nations champions last month before losing the reverse osmosis at Cardiff and Wilkinson was impressed for the World Cup, which starts at Tokyo.
“They have used the pre-season brilliantly, ” the warm-up matches,” said Wilkinson. “They are almost peaking and have obtained momentum heading in, which is great.
“Every game seems to have a real intention and goal about why they’re playing it, which staff they are picking and the reason why they’re choosing it.
“It isn’t only a case of’Let’s see if we could win a couple of games’, it’s more’Let us go and see what we’re really capable of, put some things into practice which we’ve been working on in camp’.
“The men look excited, fresh and physically ready. I believe that will be crucial going in today, that they don’t do a lot of but do to be in a certain state of mind come the very first match.”
England remain the sole northern hemisphere country to have won the World Cup, together with Wilkinson famously kicking at his side.
England may face Australia at the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament and Wilkinson has supported the present generation to go all of the way if they reach the last four.
“The obstacle for me was always quarter-finals,” he said. “The tournament was always split into two phases – the Pool stage along with the latter stages but today I believe the quarter-final holds an interesting position.
“Two of the World Cups I was involved we exited at the quarter-final and others went directly to the closing. That is the turning point, for me.
“After you hit this semi-final stage there’s a specific degree of letting things to go the way they are. We felt powerful where it ends nearly like that is not.
“But the quarter-final is that point in which you come out of the group phases and people believe’this is not enough, it’s insufficient’, semi-final is the place you think if you get there you’re moving.
“I would really like to see that a few northern hemisphere titles because semi-final attraction and surely to see among them in the final will be nice. When it had been England I would be even happier.”