Superb England stun New Zealand and book World Cup final place

England produced one of their greatest-ever displays to storm into the World Cup final with a 19-7 victory over New Zealand that reduced the reigning champions to a rabble.

From the moment Manu Tuilagi crossed after 97 seconds an extraordinary match beckoned and the final scoreline did little justice to the domination of Eddie Jones' men, who were superior in every single facet of the game.

New Zealand had won their previous 18 World Cup matches dating back to 2007 but at International Stadium Yokohama they were flattened by a juggernaut led by the unstoppable Maro Itoje.

England will face either South Africa or Wales in next Saturday's final and having crushed the odds-on favourites to win the Webb Ellis Trophy, they will be expected to repeat their solitary triumph of 2003.

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England's head coach Eddie Jones (R) and New Zealand's head coach Steve Hansen react after the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019. (Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Beauden Barrett of New Zealand looks on during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
England's players celebrate after winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: George Ford of England celebrates after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by David Ramos - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
England's George Kruis (left) and Manu Tuilagi after the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Ben Youngs of England scores a try before being disallowed during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Richie Mo'Unga of New Zealand converts his teams first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Ardie Savea and Sevu Reece of New Zealand look on in disappointment during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Sevu Reece of New Zealand catches the ball ahead of Elliot Daly of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams passes the ball during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
England's players celebrate after winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
England's players celebrate after winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Sevu Reece of New Zealand catches the ball ahead of Elliot Daly of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: TJ Perenara and Rieko Ioane of New Zealand applaud the crowd after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Francois Nel - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: England fans celebrate the win during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: George Ford of England celebrates after winning the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by David Ramos - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
New Zealand's Sevu Reece is tackled by Englands Henry Slade which is then referred to the TMO but escapes any punishment during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
England fans celebrate after the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Sam Underhill of England applauds the crowd after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Henry Slade of England is tackled by Sevu Reece of New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Sevu Reece is tackled by Englands Henry Slade which is then referred to the TMO but escapes any punishment during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
New Zealand's scrum-half TJ Perenara catches the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images)
New Zealand's Kieran Read covered in blood after the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama.
New Zealand's Sevu Reece is tackled by England�s Henry Slade which is then referred to the TMO but escapes any punishment during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama.
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Everywhere across the pitch they won significant battles, Itoje supported by brilliant flankers Tom Curry and Sam Underhill who carried the fight to feared opponents right from the start.

New Zealand's selection of lock Scott Barrett as an additional line-out jumper at six backfired as they were demolished at the set-piece to the point that Sam Cane, a recognised flanker, was brought on at half-time.

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