London - Australian great David Campese believes England's one-dimensional game will prevent them winning the Rugby World Cup.

He says England's inability to cope with an unpredictable side like Samoa on Sunday exposes flaws which sides like New Zealand and France can exploit.

"They (New Zealand and France) have that little bit extra, something different, and that is what will make the difference in the World Cup," he writes in his column in the London Times.

England and France are scheduled to meet in the semifinals on November 16 and the winners should take on the All Blacks if they beat defending champions Australia in the other expected semifinal lin-eup.

"Australia and South Africa are like England, playing on one level," says Campese.

And the former Wallaby wing, a longstanding critic of "boring" English rugby, claims England flyhalf star Jonny Wilkinson is struggling to live up to the expectations.

"He's under so much pressure to perform, but he looks ill. He's not getting support and he's having to play off the back foot.

"England have good individual players but don't play as a team in the back line. Jonny's not getting them going because he's fire fighting."

However, Campese, 40, admitted last month that England had proved him wrong by beating Australia in Melbourne in June after winning in New Zealand.

No northern hemisphere team has lifted the trophy since the tournament began in 1987 and Campese, who scored 64 tries in his 101 Tests, was a member of the Wallaby team that beat England at Twickenham to win the 1991 World Cup.

Although England fans remember that final for Campese's deliberate knock-on which prevented a pass reaching the unmarked Rory Underwood who had a clear run at the line for what would have been a winning try. - Sapa-AFP