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England v Argentina - Talking points

Published 25/11/2016

Elliot Daly has impressed for England
Elliot Daly has impressed for England

England prepare to face a physical and motivated Argentina as they bid to extend their Test winning run when the two sides collide at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Pumas will be inspired by their determination to avoid the World Cup's group of death by beating England, which would see them climb from ninth in the world rankings to as high as fifth.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five talking points ahead of the match.

TWELVE AND COUNTING

Eddie Jones' England are creeping ever closer to the nation's record number of Test wins of 14 set under Sir Clive Woodward and will draw level with the World Cup-winning team should they topple Argentina and Australia. Jones sees no value in discussing the record, describing it only as media talk, but it remains a special milestone.

LACKING CLASS

Jones insists England have failed to produce a single world-class player since Jonny Wilkinson and it is hard to dispute his claim. There is genuine optimism, however, that a number of the current squad will soon be elevated into that category - among them Owen Farrell, George Ford and Billy Vunipola.

JUST HOW GOOD IS DALY?

Elliot Daly has excelled against South Africa and Fiji this autumn, swapping between outside centre and left wing to demonstrate in the first two starts of his international career that he can perform a vital utility role for England. By the time Australia have been and gone on December 3, his true quality will be known.

KRUIS BACK AT LOCK

Just as Joe Launchbury is banned for two weeks for kicking a Fijian opponent in the head, George Kruis returns from the ankle surgery that threatened to end his involvement in the autumn series. Kruis has not played since Saracens' victory over Toulon, but he is confident he will be able to hit the ground running.

PUMAS RUNNING ON EMPTY

Argentina have completed over 50 long-haul flights due to their Rugby Championship commitments and the Jaguares' participation in Super Rugby. It has been an exhausting year and the challenge is to tap into their reserves of stamina for one final hurrah.

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