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Ugo Monye has had his say on England fans calling for Eddie Jones' head

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It's fair to say that England's form since the turn of the year hasn't been anything to shout home about.

After a five-match winning run to end 2017, things looked bright for Eddie Jones men as they looked to capture the Six Nations.

After a good start picking up victories against Wales and Italy though, things soon took a sour turn.

Defeats to Scotland, France and Ireland meant a 5th place finish for England at the Championship, a bitter disappointment considering they won the tournament a year before.

The squad have since travelled to South Africa for a three-game test series, which they have already lost after being defeated in the first two matches.

These results and the prolonged poor form have led to supporters venting their frustrations at Jones, some wanting him removed from his role as head coach.

Former England captain Matt Dawson was less-than-impressed with what he saw, saying; "The wheels are wobbling, big time.

"There have been far too many, not just losses, but far too many [bad] performances - they were just woeful today, in the second half England were absolutely awful."

Ugo Monye, who played 16 tests for England between 2008 and 2012, has taken aim at fans who are calling for Jones' head.

“In my book, he will definitely be England coach through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. I find the calls for him to be sacked incredibly fickle,” said Monye.

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“The same people that were lauding him a few months ago are now calling for his head.

"It’s insane. Of course England are in hole but, my word, which team wouldn’t be after six consecutive defeats?

"However, I still think there is a sense of confidence among the players that Eddie is the man that can turn it around.”

Even if England are clean-sweeped by the Springboks, Monye believes they can get no-one better than Jones with just over a year until the next World Cup takes place.

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"It’s easy for people to sit on their high horse and say: ‘Eddie should be sacked.’ You can get rid of your coach, but the question is who will you bring in as England coach in the build-up to the World Cup?" Monye said.

"I don’t agree that Eddie’s job is on the line if England lose the third Test. I believe it’s an over-reaction."

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