Kyle Sinckler has warned there is much more to come from England despite his side making a perfect start to their 2019 Guinness Six Nations campaign.
The prop started for the Red Rose in their first two games of the Championship as they defeated defending Grand Slam champions Ireland in Dublin before seeing off France.
And with Eddie Jones’ men claiming bonus-point wins in both rounds, they are currently sitting pretty at the top of the table ahead of Wales – who they face next up in Cardiff.
But Harlequins front-rower Sinckler insists England still have plenty of room for improvement as they look to regain the Championship crown they last won in 2017.
“The most pleasing thing is we know we’re playing nowhere near our best rugby, there are still loads of areas to work on,” said the 25-year-old.
“It’s exciting for us that we have so much we can improve on in our game and the main thing is that guys are in the squad are willing to learn, working as hard as they can and enjoying each other’s company.
“Everyone is on the same page about working as hard as we can and doing what is best for the team.”
Having won back-to-back titles under Jones in his first two campaigns in charge, England suffered three Championship defeats last year as they finished fifth in the table.
But Sinckler, who has started nine of England’s last ten Test matches at tighthead prop, said the squad were confident they could turn it around this year.
“No-one gave us a chance but we backed ourselves from the moment we got into camp in Portugal – we don’t put any limitations on ourselves,” he added.
“Whenever we put the England jersey on we expect to win and we want to go out there and do everyone proud.”
Sinckler provided the assist for Henry Slade for his try against France at Twickenham last time out, although he admitted his heart was in his mouth when he threw the pass.
“I thought it was going to get intercepted at one point as it was a bit loopy,” he said. “I know with Sladey he wants the ball in his hands quickly to do what he does, and thankfully he finished it.”