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Six Nations: England’s wise guys can deny Scots, says Johnson

Martin Johnson has placed England on a war footing ahead of tomorrow's Calcutta Cup showdown with a “desperate” and winless Scotland side at Twickenham.

England, unbeaten after three matches, are on the Grand Slam trail for the first time since Johnson was captain in 2003, when they won the title and went on to lift the World Cup.

Scotland, in contrast, have lost to France, Wales and Ireland so far this RBS 6 Nations and they are without a win at Twickenham since 1983.

Johnson has seen no signs of complacency from his improving team — but he warned England will have to expect the unexpected from Andy Robinson's Scotland.

To reinforce the point, Johnson quoted Captain Harry Parker, the wounded serviceman who addressed England on the eve of their record victory over Australia in November.

“No plan survives first contact with the enemy,” said Johnson, who has made just one enforced change from England's 17-9 victory over France with Alex Corbisiero replacing injured prop Andrew Sheridan.

“We have to be smart. They will have things ready for this game that we haven't seen all tournament.

“This squad is moving in the right direction. Our best now is better than it was a year ago - our top end is better.

“But no-one is patting themselves on the back. Luxury and comfort are not words you associate with playing international rugby.

“We have earned everything we have got so far, nothing has come by chance. We have to do that again because if we don't get it right we know what can happen.

“It doesn't always go your way because the opposition are always putting all their effort and hard work into beating you.

“There is years and years of history behind this game, which makes it exciting. England against Scotland, Wales, France, Ireland — we have got a history with everyone."

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