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Parling desperate for All Blacks scalp
Geoff Parling is fed up of near misses and is determined to sign off a frustrating autumn campaign with a landmark victory over world champions New Zealand.
The All Blacks have not lost in 20 matches while England head back to Twickenham with just one victory, against Fiji, in six Tests since the RBS 6 Nations. Last week, England believed they were the better team against South Africa but, ultimately, they still fell short with the Springboks snatching a 16-15 win.
"Saying 'we should have won games' isn't good enough," Parling said. "We want to be the ones who close out games. We want to say we deserved to win and that we did win."
He added: "I hate the term 'we will have a good go at them'. I never approach a game like that and in this squad we would never think that.
"New Zealand have been the best team consistently but this is our last game of the series, it is at Twickenham.
"If we win this the whole perspective of the series will change. We will be playing to win, not just to give it a go.
"We are annoyed and frustrated about the South Africa game but we have to pick ourselves up and go again. What better challenge? What better way to do it than to go against the All Blacks?"
New Zealand have not lost an autumn Test in the northern hemisphere for a decade and they are playing rugby on a different level to most teams. But England refuse to be intimidated and they are convinced they can pick off the All Blacks with another high-intensity performance.
"New Zealand are just 15 players," Parling said. "They are very good players but you can't be scared of teams at all."
Courtney Lawes has been confirmed in England's 23-man squad in place of Mouritz Botha after making his comeback from a knee injury for Northampton at the weekend. The only other change to England's match-day squad is the inclusion of uncapped Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns, who has come in for the injured Toby Flood.