Foden: Happy as favourites
England full-back relishing the challenge
Last Updated: 08/02/11 11:53am
Foden: Happy to be tagged as favourites
England full-back Ben Foden has challenged his team-mates to live up to their billing as title favourites for the RBS Six Nations.
"We should be winning games and at least be competing for Six Nations titles. Everybody will be looking at us now, knowing we are a team in form."
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England threw down a marker to their rivals with a 26-19 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium - their first win in Cardiff since 2003.
With a run of three home games on the bounce, including the visit of defending champions France, England are being well-backed to win the title.
And Foden insists England should relish being tagged as favourites.
"Wales are a good side and to go down there and beat them on their own turf is a good achievement," said Foden.
"We should be winning games and at least be competing for Six Nations titles. Everybody will be looking at us now, knowing we are a team in form.
"That is a message we want to send out. We want to be known as favourites.
"We have a real chance of competing for the title and we are confident in our ability.
"We have to take that with us, wear it with pride and run out on the field knowing we have to perform if we want to keep that fear about us."
England now turn their attentions to Italy on Saturday, with the Azzurri the first of the three opponents at Twickenham.