Australian Jones, who has put his squad through some relentless training sessions in South America, won the two-Test series despite having 30 players injured or on Lions duty. But he was still not satisfied.
In the land of the giant steak, Jones’ beef was that some of the youngsters – he capped 11 debutants on tour – had things too good too early and had no appetite for hard work.
Jones has long claimed that England players have had it too easy and the academy generation are molly-coddled and spoon fed. So he gave them a quick kick up the rear as they prepared to head home via Buenos Aires.
He felt his team should have put the Pumas to the sword earlier, with the hosts – ranked ninth in the world to England’s second before the series – got too close for comfort both last week, when England won 38-34, and in Saturday’s 35-25 triumph.
“I think we have got good depth but also I think the younger players are not hungry enough,” said Jones. “Having had this experience here will make them hungry – England players need to be hungrier.
“They find it too easy. They play in the Under-20s, they become World Cup champions and they get a contract straight away. That doesn’t happen in any other country in the world.
“They have changed with us, but it is not about when they are with us, it is when they are by themselves.”
The Pumas are in England’s pool at the 2019 World Cup and the teams will meet again in the autumn internationals when Jones will have his big dogs back on parade.
His stated aim is for England to be the No1 side in the world by the time of the tournament in Japan – something Sir Clive Woodward’s legends achieved before their 2003 triumph.
But Jones fears his side are still vulnerable, despite having lost just once – to Ireland in the Six Nations – in 20 Tests since he took over.
He said: “To beat Argentina at the World Cup we are going to have to improve. We are not bulletproof at the moment and to win at the World Cup you need to be bulletproof.
“In the games they have edged us in certain departments. We got out of it and the first game we got out of jail a bit. We are too close to Argentina and at the World Cup, we need a gap.
“The next phase we want to go through undefeated – that is the next challenge. If we do that we go to the World Cup as No 1 (England play the All Blacks next year) and if you go to the World Cup as No 1, you have reasons to be confident.”
Sam Underhill, 20, and Charlie Ewels, 21, shone in Saturday’s win in Santa Fe but Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown led England home and George Ford’s 74th minute drop goal sealed the deal to cap an outstanding series for the fly-half.
Captain Dylan Hartley said: “The young guys brought bags of enthusiasm and energy and the older guys brought that leadership. George Ford and Mike Brown epitomised that.
“George has grown in stature, his experience has been invaluable to us.”
Ford and Joe Launchbury are players who missed out on a Lions call-up by being in Argentina instead of closer to New Zealand this weekend, a decision by Warren Gatland that has attracted derision.
“They’ve picked guys that are local,” said Hartley. “I’m not in charge. I can’t say whether it’s right or wrong. I’ve got an opinion but it’s probably best not to say it.”
Source : EXPRESS