This was the start of our World Cup journey, says Jonny Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson last night urged England to make their historic win over Australia the first step to more World Cup glory.
Seven years after the fly-half kicked Sir Clive Woodward's team to a World Cup win over Australia, Wilkinson was again the hero, landing the winning penalty in a 21-20 victory in the same Olympic Stadium.
But Wilkinson believes the incredible triumph for written-off England should be just the first on their road to next year's World Cup in New Zealand.
'It was a joy coming back here and I take away some great memories,' said Wilkinson.
'Everyone can have a good big game every now and then, but the key is following this win up with something else.
'We've got to follow that example and keep on the right side of the score and wins. You've got to keep making the right choices, come back again and keep going in the right direction.'
Wilkinson, a second-half substitute for Toby Flood, also admitted that he could now hardly remember the 2003 victory, one of the greatest moments in English sporting history.
'I seem to remember Mike Catt kicking the ball off,' Wilkinson added. 'But I'm not sure. I've got a lot of games in that World Cup mixed up. I thought we ran out in the corner here, so maybe that is mixed up with Perth.
'I've been one of the most fortunate guys around to be supported and welcomed around the world and be helped by people, medical staff, coaches. People give me the opportunities and even a bit of leniency.'
Wilkinson also revealed his empathy for Matt Giteau after the Australian blew a golden chance to knock England over for the second time in seven days.
Giteau's 20-metre miss in the 70th minute handed England only their third victory on Australian soil in 101 years.
'There is no harder position to be in the game than to be the one taking the shots,' said Wilkinson who kicked the winning penalty 19 minutes before Giteau's horror miss to give England their first win in Australia since 2003.
'I find myself in a very good place to comment, and when that happens - which it is does to everyone - it is all about standing up and carrying on. He is the sort of guy who does that and keeps battling on. I've done it more times than he has.'
England captain Lewis Moody said: 'This is down to attitude. We've had some players come in, including Ben Youngs, who was outstanding, and we put things right. It's nice to give some ball out and watch the guys run with it.'
Scrum half Youngs, who marked his first Test start. with England's opening try, thanks to an assist from Tom Croft, said: 'It was great to play for England and when the boys play like that it is just magnificent.
'To come to Australia and win is just fantastic. All credit to everyone. We played some great rugby and fully deserved the win.'
On his first-half try, Youngs said: 'It was a good throw from Steve Thompson and then my house-mate Crofty seemed to hook me up. The hole then just opened up. Mitchell showed me the outside and I managed to get around him.'
Dejected Australia captain Rocky Elsom said: 'It is Test match rugby and we didn't step up the tempo. They are a desperate side and they needed a win.'