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Johnson's England are being unfairly criticised

KICKING INTO TOUCH WITH <strong>BRENDAN VENTER</strong><br /><br />ENGLAND&rsquo;S performance against Argentina attracted much criticism at the weekend, but I think Martin Johnson and his team are being unfairly treated.<br /><br />Argentina finished third in the 2007 World Cup and are ranked fourth in the world &ndash; four places ahead of England. With their physicality, they are a difficult team to play against and no team, New Zealand and South Africa included, would destroy them in the way some of the England critics suggested.<br /><br />I expect England to give the All Blacks a run for their money at Twickenham on Saturday. I don&rsquo;t expect them to beat them, but they&rsquo;ll always be competitive.<br /><br />This weekend also sees some intriguing ties involving the home nations. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how Argentina fare against a Wales side who will play more rugby than England, but were disappointing against Samoa.<br /><br />Scotland host Australia at Murrayfield but I think the Wallabies will prove just too strong, while I expect South Africa to end their barren run against Italy.<br /><br />Speaking of the Springboks, our victory over them at Wembley on Tuesday night was one we will remember for a long, long time. I was so proud of my players.<br /><br />It was also a timely boost to our confidence after Saturday&rsquo;s LV Cup defeat to Northampton and ahead of Sunday&rsquo;s crucial Premiership match with Wasps, although we will still have to play a lot better to beat what is a very physical Wasps side.<br /><br />Brendan Venter is head coach of Saracens. Call the box office on 01727 792800.