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Johnno: I'm still the right man for the job

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson has launched a passionate defence of his tenure after beefing up his team for Saturday&rsquo;s Test against New Zealand.<br /><br />Johnson yesterday handed Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle a first international start at the age of 29 and recalled Wasps lock Simon Shaw following his return from injury.<br /><br />They replace Shane Geraghty and Louis Deacon, while blind-side flanker Joe Worsley comes in for Tom Croft and Ugo Monye switches to wing, with Mark Cueto taking the full-back slot. A laboured victory over Argentina last weekend has failed to quell criticism of Johnson&rsquo;s team, which has also been disrupted by rumours of conflict between coaches.<br /><br />But despite former World Cup winner Josh Lewsey this week launching a scathing attack on the national set-up, Johnson insists he is still the right man for the job.<br /><br />&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s not forget we won against Argentina, a fact that appears to have been lost,&rdquo; said the former England captain.<br /><br />&ldquo;People pipe up with an opinion but we have to get on with it. We take it with a pinch of salt. Of course I still believe I&rsquo;m up to it. You can&rsquo;t deny the pressure is there but you deal with it. We won against Argentina and dug ourselves out of a hole to beat a team that is ranked fourth in the world.&rdquo;<br /><br />Erinle, who moved to France after falling out of favour at Leicester, won his first cap off the bench in the defeat to Australia earlier this month.<br /><br />He provides a more powerful option than Geraghty, while 6ft 8in stalwart Shaw returns after missing the first two autumn internationals with a foot problem.<br /><br />Versatile sale back Mathew Tait will be on the bench against the All Blacks along with Croft, Geraghty, Deacon and Bath prop David Wilson.<br /><br /><br /><strong>ENGLAND </strong> TO FACE NEW ZEALAND<br /><br /><strong>STARTING XV: </strong>15 Mark Cueto, 14 Matt Banahan, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Ayoola Erinle, <br />11 Ugo Monye, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, <br />9&nbsp; PaulHodgson, 1 Tim Payne, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Duncan Bell, 4 Simon Shaw, <br />5 Steve Borthwick (capt), 6 Joe Worsley, <br />7 Lewis Moody, 8 James Haskell <br /><br /><strong>Replacements: </strong>SteveThompson, <br />David Wilson, Louis Deacon, Tom Croft, DannyCare, Shane Geraghty, Mathew Tait