Six Nations: England No 9 Danny Care admits England need to concentrate on Italy
Danny Care admits England cannot afford to worry about who wins between France and Ireland and concentrate on Italy.
Last Updated: 12/03/14 12:44pm
The 2014 Six Nations Championship reaches a thrilling finale this weekend with the Irish, English and French all in with a chance of claiming the silverware on points difference.
Stuart Lancaster's men will be buoyed after winning a first Triple Crown since 2003, following a 29-18 defeat of Wales, but must overturn a 49-points difference with Ireland to claim the championship for the first time in three years.
Care told Sky Sports News: "We are looking forward to Italy. We know it's going to be great place to play, a tough place to play and we've got to play really well to win.
"We are not thinking about points at all it's all about going out there and putting in a performance.
"It's never had an easy game against Italy, every game it's been tough. We know the challenge ahead. We know we have to put in a very good performance to get the win."
But the Harlequins scrum-half insisted England would take much out of defeating a Welsh team containing 12 British & Irish Lions and ending the defending champions' hopes of an unprecedented third straight Six Nations success.
The Stadio Olimpico clash is up first on Saturday before Wales host Scotland and Ireland play the France in the evening.
By then the Irish and French will know exactly what they have to do to secure the championship crown but Care preferred to take the positives from Twickenham out to the Italian capital.
He added: "It was an unbelievable feeling to beat a team like Wales with the amount of spirit they had and with everything that was said about last year.
"It was just great to go out there and win the game, putting in an 80 minute performance was the key thing and I think we did that.
"We were a bit disappointed with how many penalties we gave away especially with the kicker of Leigh's ability. I think we learnt from the Ireland game that we needed to take our chances when we got them and luckily in this game we did."
"(But) we were happy with how we played. We wanted to play with really high intensity and I thought we did that for the full 80 minutes. Even at the end our defence was outstanding again to shut them out and not let them score any tries."