Flood targets semi-final
England fly-half would be disappointed if England fall early
Last Updated: 06/06/11 7:00am
Flood: Wants England to reach the last four at the World Cup
Toby Flood insists reaching the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup is England's "minimum requirement".
The RBS Six Nations champions are expected to top their pool, which also includes Scotland and Argentina
That would set up a potential quarter-final showdown with France - who England have beaten in the past two World Cups - with Australia likely to await them in the last four.
"Our goal is to reach the semi-final. That is our minimum requirement. I would be very disappointed if we don't get that far."
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And fly-half Flood believes that if England can progress then a second Webb Ellis Trophy is more than possible.
"Our goal is to reach the semi-final," said fly-half Flood. "That is our minimum requirement. I would be very disappointed if we don't get that far.
"Obviously our aim is to win the World Cup, we want to go as far as we possibly can but to win a trophy you have to take it one stage at a time.
"If you can make the semi-finals then anything can happen. You are one game away from the final and you can readjust your goals from there.''
But the Leicester star insists none of the squad are taking progress for granted, after they finished their successful Six Nations campaign with a defeat to Ireland.
And Flood admits that defeat has taught England the importance of continually evolving their gameplan.
"That is hugely important,'' said Flood.
"We started the tournament fantastically and we were playing in a certain manner but the Dublin weekend taught us the need to evolve as a squad, that we need to make better judgments.
"We need to be preparing specifically for that one game rather than preparing in general.
"But take it back a year and half and people were saying we can't play rugby. When we do people say we got caught out.
"Ultimately as a squad we are getting much better.''