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World Cup runners-up England return home

Eddie Jones’ squad landed at Heathrow on Monday afternoon.

Eddie Jones and the England team are back in the country (Steven Paston/PA)
Eddie Jones and the England team are back in the country (Steven Paston/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

England players made a low-key return from their World Cup campaign in Japan.

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The 31-strong squad arrived at Heathrow 18 minutes ahead of schedule on flight BA008 from Tokyo, two days after their 32-12 defeat by South Africa in the final in Yokohama.

There was no media access at the terminal and, although a few cheers rang out from waiting fans, there was no reaction from the players as they made their way into the arrivals hall.

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England returned to Heathrow on Tuesday (Steven Paston/PA)

Coach Eddie Jones, whose future is up in the air, gave little away as he walked expressionless through the barriers.

It was a far cry from 2003, when Clive Woodward’s triumphant England team brought London to a standstill as they paraded the Webb Ellis trophy on two open-top buses past an estimated 750,000 crowd in the centre of the capital.

Plans for a similar victory parade were scrapped when Jones’ men lost to the Springboks in Saturday’s final.

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