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Stuart Lancaster: 'I'm 80% decided on World Cup squad'

England head coach Stuart Lancaster admits that he is 80% decided on who he will be selecting for next year's World Cup.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed that he has already made a decision over 80% of the players he is selecting for the World Cup.

Ahead of the Autumn Internationals with Samoa, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Lancaster has insisted that there is still time for players to force their way into his plans as England prepare to host the tournament next year.

"It's a really exciting time for English rugby, we have such a good young, talented team coming through," Lancaster told Sky Sports News.

"I am 80% there, but the camp will be competitive and so it should be as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"The pain of losing certainly drives us. It's quite a good thing to have it sit inside us."

Lancaster meet New Zealand at Twickenham on November 8.

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England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014
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