Owen Farrell believes England are moving in the right direction ahead of next year's Rugby Union World Cup on home soil.
The 22-year-old has made the number 10 position his own on the international stage, and featured in all five England matches during the Six Nations.
Stuart Lancaster's side fell agonisingly short of claiming victory in the competition, as Ireland won on points difference, but whilst Farrell admits he was disappointed to miss out on glory, he is confident the team have moved forward ahead of next year's showpiece event.
"You play in competitions to win them and its gutting to lose in the way we did," he told GiveMeSport.
"I think the main point that you take away from it, is that we got better as a team. We made big steps forward and when we look at the development leading up to the World Cup that is pretty important. Everyone was hurting, but as long as we make the steps forward, we're good."
Farrell was part of an England back-line that took plenty of plaudits during the Six Nations, with the Red Rose scoring 138 points in their five matches at an average of just over 27 points a game.
The Saracens man put it down to the fine details which are starting to come together both in training and on the pitch, and believes the team improved during the course of their recent outings.
"I think we always had that intent. it's just the detail we're putting on top of things now and making sure we're developing and getting better," he added.
"I think we did that over the course of the Six Nations."
Daring to dream of World Cup glory is something the professional Owen Farrell won't allow himself to do, but he can answer with a smile when asked if a Football-Rugby Union double might be on the cards in 2014 and 2015.
Whilst Roy Hodgson's side might be outsiders, Lancaster's men have shown that they can be legitimate contenders, and if Farrell can maintain his club form at Allianz Park, then he could have a major role to play in 18 months time.
"I hope so (England win both World Cups). Anything can happen in major events like that and whoever is better on the day will win. Any team can have their day and anybody could beat anybody," concluded Farrell, whose father Andy is part of the national team's coaching staff.
"The World Cup is a massive occasion. Everybody looks forward to something like that."
Owen Farrell is a BT Sport ambassador - watch him in action for Saracens against Northampton Saints on Sunday, 13th April.
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