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Foden eyeing Grand Slam boost

England full-back Ben Foden believes Grand Slam glory would lay down a marker that Martin Johnson's side mean business at the World Cup later this year.

Foden scored the only try of the game in the 17-9 RBS 6 Nations victory over France on Saturday to leave England needing just two more wins - against Scotland on March 13 and Ireland six days later - to secure the Grand Slam.

"It would be massive for us, for confidence, taking that forward to the World Cup," the 25-year-old Northampton star told Sky Sports News.

"It puts yourself in the environment, under the pressure of competing at high-level competition.

"To go to Ireland and win there would be a massive achievement and to beat all the northern hemisphere teams and say 'we're number one in the northern hemisphere' come the World Cup would really set a marker.

"Obviously we had a little bit of success in the autumn internationals against the southern hemisphere teams. Everything's building nicely towards the World Cup."

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