England sense blood in the water

Downtrodden England players are relishing the opportunity to end Australia's Four Nations campaign two games shy of the final but will need to buck close to 40 years of history to do so.

A Kangaroos team has not lost consecutive tests since the 1978 Australian team lost two tests against France and has not been beaten by an England team since 1995 and put both records on the line in Melbourne on Sunday.

Sean O'Loughlin is the only member of the 24-man squad to have ever tasted success against Australia with Great Britain in the 2004 and 2006 Tri-Nations tournaments and players such as Sam Tomkins and Ryan Hall know Sunday represents a golden opportunity to break their duck.

The closest either Tomkins or Hall have come to a win over the Kangaroos in six and five attempts respectively was their 28-20 defeat to open the 2013 World Cup but Tomkins believes New Zealand's win last Saturday will add further belief to England's young squad.

"If I was a betting man I probably would have took the Kiwis there," said Tomkins who is now based in New Zealand with the Warriors. "They hadn't beat the Aussies for a while and they've got a good squad and probably had the chance to get one over them.

"[Knocking the Aussies out of the tournament] would be nice wouldn't it? It's definitely not an easy task; I've played against the Aussies a number of times and never managed to get one over them so it would be great for us as a squad.

"We've got a relatively young group playing here and a lot of new faces so for those young guys to beat the Aussies on their first tour down this side of the world would be brilliant.

"They'll not want to back it up with another loss. I'm sure they've not lost two games on the trot for quite a while so we know they're going to be fired up and won't want to be knocked out of this competition already but that's what we're going to be up against and we're going down there to win.

"All the talk this week will be the Aussies bouncing back from a loss and things like that and that's fine for us. We'll do our own job and give it our best crack."

Although he struggled to inject himself into the game as much as he would with his Super League club Leeds, Hall produced some powerful runs against Samoa in racking up 118 metres from nine carries with seven tackle breaks.

He has scored four tries in five losing tests against the Kangaroos since 2009 and is excited about the prospect of inflicting some pain on their own turf and prematurely ending the defence of their Four Nations crown.

"Myself personally, I've never beaten them, since 2009, so it's been a long time coming in my eyes and I don't think we'd beaten them for a couple of years before that as well," Hall told NRL.com.

"There'd be no better place to do it. I don't want to tempt fate or anything but if we beat them this weekend they're out [of the tournament] in their own backyard.

"They're going to be fired up for it so we just need to go out there and do a job."

With next to no experience of success against Australia within the England squad Hall said it will be up to new faces such as Matty Smith, Daryl Clark and Josh Hodgson to carve their own piece of English history.

"We'll go in with belief because we believe in ourselves," said the 26-year-old. "We've been together for a couple of days now as a squad and we're really quite a young squad so we've got on really well, there are a lot of similarities in each of them so we've had a great team bonding over the last 10 days so we believe in ourselves that way.

"We don't have to look on past results to draw belief, we're about creating something new. Forty-four years is a long time [without a series win in the southern hemisphere] so we have to create something ourselves and that's what we're out here to do."