Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola insists he would not consider selling midfielder Phil Foden for €500m (£460m) because he is the only player at the could who cannot be sold "under any circumstances".

Foden, 19, has long been championed as a star of the future for City and England, having been around Guardiola's first-team squad for almost three years already.

He played named player of the tournament after England's Under-17 World Cup success in 2017 and has steadily become a more prominent player in City's senior squad, playing 26 matches across all competitions last season.

The midfielder has featured for just 10 minutes in the Premier League this term, sparking suggestions he is being held back by City.

But, with David Silva set to leave the club when his contract expires next year, Guardiola is convinced Foden will take over from the former Spain international.

"He [Foden] is the only player that can’t be sold under any circumstances — the only one. Not even for €500m," Guardiola says in the new book Pep's City: The Making of a Superteam, which was written by Spanish journalists Pol Ballus and Lu Martin and is being serialised by in The Sun.

"Phil's going nowhere — Phil is City. We won't be signing anyone else for that position. When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be.

"He's grown up with us. He's one of us and he's going to be brilliant — one of the Premier League's best. One thing is clear, Foden has a place in City's first-team.

"I'd be interested to see if a different manager would have given him his chance to develop or loan him out.

"I don't like leaving him out of certain games, but I must think of the whole squad. Phil understands that."

England's Rugby World Cup showdown against France and New Zealand's clash with Italy have been cancelled due to the pending threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

World Rugby announced the two pool fixtures scheduled for Saturday will not take place on "safety grounds" as the typhoon bears down on Japan, but Ireland's game against Samoa in Fukuoka is to be played.

Australia's Pool D finale against Georgia in Shizuoka will also go ahead, while Sunday's fixtures – including Japan's meeting with Scotland – are still being reviewed.

Thursday's statement read: "Based on the latest detailed information from the tournament's independent weather experts, Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas throughout Saturday, including likely public transport shutdown or disruption."

England were set to meet France in their final Pool C game in Yokohama, where top spot was up for grabs at International Stadium Yokohama.

The cancellation – resulting in a 0-0 draw and two points apiece – sees England top the group, meaning Eddie Jones' side are likely to face Australia in the quarter-finals.

France finish runners-up in Pool C, with a last-eight battle against Wales awaiting, should the latter top Pool D ahead of the Wallabies by beating Uruguay.

Organisers also scrapped the Pool B meeting between world champions the All Blacks and Italy in Toyota – located in central Japan.

New Zealand have already qualified for the knockout round as pool winners ahead of South Africa and will face the runner-up in Pool A, with Ireland currently occupying second place.

World Rugby chief operating officer and tournament director Alan Gilpin told the media: "This is a complex and dynamic situation which we have been monitoring extremely closely with the assistance of our weather information experts. We are now in a position to accurately predict the likely impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Rugby World Cup fixtures this weekend.

"While making every possible effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday's matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers and other tournament personnel exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon.

"As a result, we have taken the decision to cancel some matches in order to ensure the safety of all involved. It is the right thing to do, and comes with the support of all stakeholders, including the teams.

"We fully appreciate that England, France, New Zealand and Italy fans will be disappointed, but we trust they will appreciate that their safety must come first. They will be entitled to a full refund on their match tickets.

"Our message for all fans in Japan for Rugby World Cup is to heed all official advice, stay indoors throughout Saturday and do not attempt to travel on the day."

Typhoon Hagibis is set to wreak havoc in Japan this weekend and Scotland could be the biggest losers at the Rugby World Cup if their crunch match against the hosts is cancelled.

World Rugby will stage a press conference at 12pm in Tokyo on Thursday to announce how the extreme weather will affect key matches between Scotland and Japan on Sunday and England versus France on Saturday.

It has been reported that a contest in which top spot in Pool C is up for grabs between England and France will not go ahead at International Stadium Yokohama.

Japan and Scotland are due to do battle at the same venue just over 24 hours later with qualification for the quarter-finals on the line, but it remains to be seen whether the game will be moved or scrapped.

We look at how cancellations of those fixtures – which would result in a score draw and two points apiece – could leave the final standings and who those that qualify could face in the last eight.

ENGLAND V FRANCE

Eddie Jones' England and Les Bleus are already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals but there would still be plenty at stake in 'Le Crunch'.

England are top with maximum points and as it stands they will face Australia in their first knockout match of the tournament. 

If the match does not go ahead they are likely to take on the Wallabies, with France coming up against Wales. 

Six Nations champions Wales lead Pool D and should be far too good for Uruguay in their contest on Sunday.

 

JAPAN V SCOTLAND

Three wins out of three have put Japan top of Pool A with a golden opportunity to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Scotland remained in the hunt to qualify with a resounding 61-0 drubbing of Russia on Wednesday and would progress by seeing off Japan, even without a bonus-point win provided their margin of victory is more than seven points and the hosts fail to score four tries or more.

Second-placed Ireland will be expected to advance as they take on Samoa in their last pool match.

A cancellation would most likely eliminate Scotland unless Ireland fail to pick up any points against Samoa on Saturday.

World Rugby is set to announce whether it will move two key weekend matches at the Rugby World Cup because of the threat posed by Typhoon Hagibis.

There are concerns the showdown between England and France, which will decide who tops Pool C, will not be able to take place in Yokohama due to the weather threat.

A crunch Pool A contest between hosts Japan and Scotland on Sunday - also in Yokohama - is also under threat with strong winds and heavy rain on the way.

It has been reported that matches may be moved or even cancelled, and the governing body announced it will hold a news conference in Tokyo at 12.00pm local time on Thursday to announce how the schedule may be affected.

World Rugby this week said it has been monitoring the typhoon developing off the south coast of Japan and has a "robust "contingency plan in place should it have an impact on any matches.

England defence coach John Mitchell said: "One thing we really pride ourselves in all our preparation is to be adaptable and flexible for anything that may throw us off.

"At the end of the day we are looking forward to playing France wherever that may be. It is where our preparation is totally focused and at the end of the day we don't let that noise enter our preparation.

"It is not something we decide, that is World Rugby’s decision."

Rebekah Vardy has denied leaking private Instagram stories from Coleen Rooney to a national newspaper, in a startling case of claim and counter-claim between the wives of two former England strikers.

Rooney, who is married to England's record scorer Wayne Rooney, posted a tweet on Wednesday in which she revealed how she came to suspect Vardy, who denies any wrongdoing.

In the message, she said Vardy – wife of Leicester City's Jamie Vardy – held the only account that had access to her Instagram stories.

Rooney said she had removed access to all users except Rebekah Vardy, and alleged a series of "false" stories that she posted on there found their way to UK tabloid The Sun.

Rebekah Vardy responded by tweeting a lengthy message to Coleen Rooney, who she claimed to have discussed the matter with on the phone, to reject the claim.

"This has been a burden in my life for a few years now and finally I have got to the bottom of it……" Coleen Rooney tweeted, along with an image of a longer statement.

Coleen Rooney's statement read: "For a few years now, someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The SUN newspaper of my private posts and stories.

"There has been so much information given to them about me, my friends and my family – all without my permission or knowledge.

"After a long time of trying to figure out who it could be, for various reasons, I had a suspicion.

"To try and prove this I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories except ONE account. (Those on my private account must have been wondering why I haven't had stories on there for a while.)

"Over the past five months I have posted a series of false stories to see if they made their way into the Sun newspaper. And you know what, they did! The story about gender selection in Mexico, the story about returning to TV and then the latest story about the basement flooding in my new house.

"It's been tough keeping it to myself and not making any comment at all, especially when the stories have been leaked, however I had to. Now I know for certain which account/individual it's come from.

"I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them.

"It's………. Rebekah Vardy's account."

In a tweeted reply, Rebekah Vardy said she had never passed on such information – despite claiming to have been approached to do so by journalists.

She blamed "various people having access to my insta" and was "disgusted" to have to deny involvement at a time when she was "heavily pregnant".

"As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this," Rebekah Vardy's statement read.

"I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.

"If you thought this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped.

"Over the years various people have had access to my insta and just this week I found I was following people I didn't know and have never followed myself.

"I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?

"I liked you a lot Coleen & I'm upset you have chosen to do this, especially when I'm heavily pregnant. I'm disgusted that I'm even having to deny this.

"You should have called me the first time this happened."

Rooney, who is also Manchester United's record goalscorer, will return to English football following his time with MLS team DC United when he joins Championship club Derby County in January.

Vardy has scored five Premier League goals for Leicester this season, with Brendan Rodgers' men riding high in fourth position.

Raheem Sterling's role as the leader of England's young generation has won praise from former Liverpool forward Emile Heskey.

Sterling and England are back in action against the Czech Republic on Friday, with the formality of qualification for Euro 2020 on course to be confirmed during the current international break.

Gareth Southgate's side boast a 100 per cent record in Group A – a Sterling hat-trick against this week's opponents having set the wheels in motion at Wembley in March.

The Manchester City star has finally brought his prolific club form to the international arena, with six goals in the campaign so far.

Speaking to Omnisport about the leading lights in England's current crop of youngsters, Heskey noted Sterling remains only 24 – something his prominent stance against racism and discrimination off the field belies.

"Sterling is still young, isn't he? Even though he's played for so long he's still young," he said.

"The role that he's actually playing now, as a mentor for some of the kids, is amazing. The strides that he's taken within his game is amazing.

"Now he's on social media using that platform to help with the racism, with the bullying and it's amazing.

"Someone who has taken on so much as a young kid, I don't think I could have taken on that much as a young kid.

"What is he, 24 now? I don't think I could have taken on that much at 24. It's too much for me but he seems to have taken everything in stride, and given more."

Heskey represented England at four major tournaments between 2000 and 2010 and, with the likes of Jadon Sancho revelling alongside Sterling and captain Harry Kane up front, he feels Southgate's side might be able to go further than the so-called "golden generation" he was a part of alongside David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.

"I would like to think England could win the Euros," he added. "They've got flair, they've got goals, defensively they just need to be a little bit more sound and sterner.

"But they've got the ability to go all the way."

Fikayo Tomori admits it’s a dream to be called up for England after being named in the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The Canadian-born defender is hoping to earn his first cap for the Three Lions after representing the Canucks at under-20 level, after establishing himself at Premier League level this season.

Tomori impressed on-loan at Championship side Derby last season and has made a seamless transition to the top flight football with five appearances and a goal for Chelsea so far.

The 21-year-old was named in the squad alongside Blues team-mates Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham and told reporters he’s looking forward to joining the group.

"It’s a bit cliché but it is a dream (to be called up). Growing up and England and seeing the players playing at Wembley, it was such a good feeling," Tomori said. "It’s indescribable. I tried to take it in as much as possible, but it was a very proud moment.

"I found out after the Lille game when the manager said, ‘You are going to be in the England squad tomorrow’.

"I was sitting down at the time and I just sat there with Tammy and Mason smiling at me. It was a crazy feeling because I wasn’t really expecting it but I’m very happy."

Tomori, who was also eligible to play for Nigeria, added there was never a doubt in his mind that he was going to play for the Three Lions, and is looking forward to linking up with Abraham having followed England’s World Cup campaign with the striker.

"We watched the first game on holiday and we watched the penalty shootout with Colombia together as well," he said. "Of course I’m an England fan. I grew up here and went to school here. To be part of this is a dream.

"Being here now I just want to try and get my first cap and then try and get more after that as well."

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham said England’s players will walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse during their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Three Lions play the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday before a clash with Bulgaria on Monday in a partially-closed stadium, following racist behaviour from fans in qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Kosovo in June.

England manager Gareth Southgate had called a team meeting to discuss what action the players would take if there was a repeat of the abuse.

European football’s governing body UEFA has a three-step protocol for racist abuse which can lead to the referee halting or abandoning a game, and Abraham says England’s players are prepared to take matters into their own hands if required.

"Harry Kane said that if it happens and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together," Abraham told the BBC.

"It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.

"Harry Kane did ask the question about instead of going through the three steps if we decide that we want to stop the game – no matter what the score is – if we’re not happy with it as a team we’ll decide whether or not to stay on the pitch."

England will be hoping to continue their fine start to qualifying having collected maximum points from their first four matches in Group A.

First Alec Stewart was seen as the leading candidate. Then Gary Kirsten became the front-runner for the job. In the end, though, Chris Silverwood came up on the rails to become England's new head coach.

The 44-year-old nicknamed 'Spoons' may not be a top-drawer name in comparison to others linked with the high-profile vacancy, but he has undoubtedly earned his opportunity.

Promoted from his role as bowling coach under previous coach Trevor Bayliss, Silverwood made clear his focus in the statement confirming his appointment: "I aim to continue the great work that has been done over the past five years and build on our future, especially in the Test arena."

So, who is the man now in charge of the England team? We take a look at his career path to the job, as well as highlighting some of the key issues he faces at the start of his reign.

 

Playing days and coaching success

Born in Pontefract, Yorkshireman Silverwood spent the majority of his playing career at his home county before finishing up at Middlesex. A lively pace bowler, he played six Tests and seven one-day games for England but never truly established himself at international level.

His reputation as a coach was forged at domestic level with Essex, first working with the county's bowlers before taking over in charge of the first team in 2016.

He immediately led them to promotion from Division Two and then, the following year, they were crowned county champions for the first time in 25 years.

Their success was spearheaded by a Kolpak recruit in Simon Harmer, yet the team also contained plenty of homegrown talent.  He helped seamer Jamie Porter rise to become one of the most consistent wicket-takers in first-class cricket, while batsman Tom Westley also earned international recognition during his watch.

Crucially for Essex, the foundations were laid for future success. This year, under the guidance of Silverwood's former assistant Anthony McGrath, a familiar-looking squad has won both the Vitality Blast and the County Championship again. 

"In his time with Essex, his outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills were a major factor in taking our cricket to the next level," John Faragher, Essex chairman, told the county's official website.

 

Moving on up

Silverwood's work with Essex unsurprisingly led to a job with England, as he was appointed bowling coach in 2017.

Working as part of Bayliss' staff, he was involved in the successful Cricket World Cup campaign on home soil earlier this year, with the tournament hosts aided by the emergence of Jofra Archer.

However, Silverwood has remained very much in the background, rarely talking to the media. Still, his work – and his words – were enough to convince the powers that be when it came to the main job.

"Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red and white ball teams need to evolve. He has some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments," Ashley Giles, managing director of the England team, said in a statement.

"Over the past couple of years, he has been an integral member of developing the teams’ culture and emerging a cohesive relationship across the team's management group."

Giles' quotes contained two key words - "Ashes" and "culture".

England have undoubtedly prioritised white-ball cricket in recent years – and with great success, too – but a failure to beat Australia on home soil in Bayliss' final Test series in charge has shifted the longer format back into focus.

When it comes to culture, England's hierarchy have gone with a homegrown option. Australian Bayliss admitted he did not pay too much attention to county cricket – that will not be the case with Silverwood, who has a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach.

Yet Silverwood has also seen what exactly is required to prosper in the international game. To that extent, he also has an advantage in knowing how both Joe Root - who will work alongside his fellow Yorkshireman with the Test team - and white-ball specialist Eoin Morgan tick, having been part of the inner sanctum for a couple of years.

 

Planning for the future

A busy schedule, that’s what. International cricket is a non-stop treadmill, though the grind of games all-year round is nothing new to Silverwood.

While there is a Twenty20 World Cup coming up next year, England are a well-oiled machine in white-ball cricket. There may be players who emerge in the coming months to force their way in - just as Archer did once he was available - but the bulk of the group is already known, and Morgan is an experienced leader with clear plans on how his team should play.

So, as Silverwood said himself, Test cricket is to be the main focus.  In the near future, there are tours to New Zealand and South Africa coming up, but the long-term aim is winning the Ashes Down Under in 2021-22.

Archer has added some much-needed pace to go alongside England's leading two wicket-takers in James Anderson (fitness permitting) and Stuart Broad. On their last visit to Australia, the attack was distinctly lacking in terms of speed, such a crucial factor in conditions where swing is less of a factor.

The batting, though, requires serious work - less of a cosmetic job and more a case of knocking it down and starting again.

Silverwood needs to begin the rebuild at the top, with England desperately needing to establish a regular top three. Root looks set to return to four, while the talk from national selector Ed Smith after Jonny Bairstow was dropped for the New Zealand series suggests he should concentrate just on batting, rather than continuing behind the stumps.

Ben Stokes is a certainty in the middle order, but Silverwood has to be careful with overburdening the all-rounder.

As with others who play all formats, workload management will be key for Stokes. Being England coach is often about spinning plates, but the complexities of the job are nothing new for Silverwood, the quiet man who now gets the chance to set the tone after stepping out from the background.

Tomas Lavanini has been given a four-match ban after he was sent off in Argentina's Rugby World Cup defeat to England.

The lock was shown a red card in the 18th minute of Argentina's 39-10 loss on Saturday, which put paid to the Pumas' hopes of progressing to the last eight.

Lavanini, 26, led with his shoulder and caught England captain Owen Farrell at neck height.

He admitted to an act of foul play at a disciplinary hearing and will miss Argentina's final Pool C clash with the United States, as well as three games for new club Leicester Tigers, having joined the Premiership side from Jaguares.

Lavanini will be free to play from November 1 and could make his debut against Gloucester a day later.

A frustrated Jacques Brunel said France have to "go back to basics" after stumbling past Tonga to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Les Bleus won 23-21 on Sunday to set up a Pool C decider against England next week but it was a performance blighted by turnovers and handling errors in Kumamoto.

The impressive Alivereti Raka, who scored a try and set up another, helped France into a 17-0 lead, only for Tonga to put up a brave fightback.

Head coach Brunel cut an exasperated figure when addressing the media after the game and says France will have to put in the hard work on the training ground.

"We want to play better so we need to train more," he said.

"We wanted a bigger scoreline but because of handling errors we were not able to achieve that. Therefore, I guess, we need to go back to basics.

"We tried many different things which didn't work. 

"I'm dissatisfied, like the players who are frustrated. We did attack, had clear opportunities to score quite heavily in the first half, but we made handling errors."

On facing England next time out, Brunel added: "Of course, it's a formidable opponent. We know the difficulty that awaits us, but I think it will be a good meeting before our quarter-final."

Tonga famously defeated France in the 2011 pool stages and head coach Toutai Kefu rued a slow start on this occasion.

"We haven't started games well and it's definitely an issue for us," he said. "Maybe we warm up too long, I don't know.

"But I'm definitely proud of what happened after that – the way they stuck in there and put us in a position to maybe win.

"I'm always proud of the boys, the sacrifices they make just to turn up and endure what they endure on tour."

A frustrated Jacques Brunel said France have to "go back to basics" after stumbling past Tonga to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Les Bleus won 23-21 on Sunday to set up a Pool C decider against England next week but it was a performance blighted by turnovers and handling errors in Kumamoto.

The impressive Alivereti Raka, who scored a try and set up another, helped France into a 17-0 lead, only for Tonga to put up a brave fightback.

Head coach Brunel cut an exasperated figure when addressing the media after the game and says France will have to put in the hard work on the training ground.

"We want to play better so we need to train more," he said.

"We wanted a bigger scoreline but because of handling errors we were not able to achieve that. Therefore, I guess, we need to go back to basics.

"We tried many different things which didn't work. 

"I'm dissatisfied, like the players who are frustrated. We did attack, had clear opportunities to score quite heavily in the first half, but we made handling errors."

On facing England next time out, Brunel added: "Of course, it's a formidable opponent. We know the difficulty that awaits us, but I think it will be a good meeting before our quarter-final."

Tonga famously defeated France in the 2011 pool stages and head coach Toutai Kefu rued a slow start on this occasion.

"We haven't started games well and it's definitely an issue for us," he said. "Maybe we warm up too long, I don't know.

"But I'm definitely proud of what happened after that – the way they stuck in there and put us in a position to maybe win.

"I'm always proud of the boys, the sacrifices they make just to turn up and endure what they endure on tour."

Gareth Southgate has insisted he remains committed to his role with England amid rumoured Premier League interest.

The former Middlesbrough manager was linked to Tottenham in a recent report as the problems started to pile up for incumbent Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham, who completed a miserable week with a 3-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, were said to be sizing up Southgate as a potential successor to Pochettino in the event of his exit.

Reports in January claimed Manchester United - then on the hunt for a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho - had similarly shown interest in the man who guided England to a fourth-place finish at last year's World Cup.

But any club keen on his services will have a tough time convincing the 49-year-old to quit the national team before Qatar 2022.

"I've said in the summer I'm not somebody that needs to keep this door open or that door open," Southgate said.

"I'm the England manager and it's a massive privilege to do the job. There's a lot of work to do here with the team.

"We think the team can continue to improve and, until I'm told otherwise, 2022 is my contract and that's it."

Southgate is preparing to lead England into a pair of Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The Three Lions eased to a 4-0 win over the latter last month and boast a perfect record atop Group A after four games.

Eddie Jones will not consider resting key players for England's final Pool C fixture against "impressive" France, despite already securing a place in the quarter-finals.

England eased past 14-man Argentina on Saturday, with a 39-10 result at Tokyo Stadium securing them a third straight bonus-point win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

They are now certain to go through from the group with a game to spare, though potentially face a showdown with France next Saturday to decide who will finish top of the table.

Les Bleus have also beaten Argentina and Jones expects a tough battle in Yokohama, particularly as their Six Nations rivals have seemingly gone back to their roots since Fabien Galthie joined the coaching staff.

"They [France] were impressive in the first game against Argentina," the England head coach told the media after the game with the Pumas.

"They played some great rugby and got two unstructured tries at the start of the game.

"They look like, with Galthie having an influence in their coaching, they are getting back to more of their game, a little bit of an offload and support game. We are going to have to work very hard defensively against them.

"The set-piece is always challenging against France, they have a particularly big team, so our preparations have to be spot on."

England know top spot will see them face the second-placed team in Pool D, which - if results run true to form - will be Australia. Yet Jones is only focused on France - and has no intention of letting his squad's standard slip.

"We are building. We want to get better next week. We will have a look at selection and pick the best 23 to get better," the Australian said.

"We don't want to look too far ahead - that's for you guys [in the media]. We don't get the luxury of doing that.

"We just worry about one day at a time. We've got to make sure we have a good recovery tomorrow and a walk-through, then we worry about the next day."

Billy Vunipola came off at half-time against Argentina and while initially joking it was due to too much Kobe beef, Jones revealed the forward had likely suffered a twisted ankle, adding: "I don't think it's too serious."

Eddie Jones declared England are "exactly where we wanted to be" after securing a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with victory over Argentina on Saturday. 

Jones side' ran out comfortable 39-10 winners at Tokyo Stadium following a first-half red card for Tomas Lavanini, the Pumas second rower dismissed for a high challenge on England captain Owen Farrell. 

Ben Youngs scored one of his side's six tries on his 92nd appearance - taking him past Jonny Wilkinson to become his country's most-capped back - while substitute Jack Nowell also crossed on his return from injury. 

While admitting his team were a little rusty after two "easy" games in the group, head coach Jones was pleased to seal progression from Pool C with a game to spare. 

"We are exactly where we wanted to be," the Australian said. "We have 15 points after three games and have played in front of a fantastic crowd at Tokyo Stadium. 

"We were a bit rusty after two easy games and a long break - that came out in the first half. In the second half, we had a bit better rhythm." 

Youngs and Billy Vunipola did not appear for the second half, though Jones dismissed concerns over the latter's fitness. 

Asked if Vunipola was taken off as a precaution, he replied with a smile: "He had too much Kobe beef mate!" 

While England will expect to take on France next weekend in a battle to decide who will finish top of the table, Argentina are seemingly set to exit at the round-robin stage. 

Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma praised the way his players stuck to their task following the 17th-minute dismissal of Lavanini, with Matias Moroni running in a consolation try late in the second half. 

However, the defeat means Argentina now need Les Bleus to lose to Tonga if they are to have any hope of joining England in the last eight. 

"Obviously after the red card it became a little bit hard," Ledesma said. 

"We made many easy mistakes which we could have avoided, especially in the second half, we couldn't build momentum. 

"We were with a man less, so we needed clear ball. We had a couple of good plays that we couldn't do, and obviously in the second half it became too hard for the boys. 

"The commitment from them was incredible. It became too difficult, but that never stopped fighting." 

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