Steve Borthwick admitted England were brutally exposed by a record 53-10 defeat by France that revealed the gulf between the rivals.
England collapsed to their heaviest loss at Twickenham of all time after leaking seven tries, enabling Les Bleus to record a first Guinness Six Nations win at the venue since 2005.
France, positioned second in the global rankings and the current Grand Slam champions, were responsible for one of the darkest days in English rugby history and Borthwick admitted the performance was not good enough.
“No one is under any illusions about what we need to do. We’ve been pretty up front about that throughout.
“We wanted to understand exactly how the development of this team has gone and where we’re at compared to the best teams in the world. We fell considerably short, that’s the reality.
“The key element is that we know where we are. It shows just how much work we have to do. France showed just how much better they are than us.
“France were able to dominate the tackle area and offload. While we understood that was a major threat we weren’t able to stop it.”
Having been thrashed out of sight by France in their third heaviest defeat of all time, England must now pick themselves up off the floor before taking on Six Nations pacesetters Ireland in Dublin.
“We lost the contact area and chased tails and everyone will write us off and that’s brilliant – we just want to get better.
“France are brilliant and have shown why they are number two in the world and we are way off where we want to be.
“We probably need to be a lot better in the contact area and that is down to the forwards and there were some harsh lessons.”
“I’ve been coming to Twickenham for a long while – 20 years. It’s emotional,” Galthie said.
“We played well, how we wanted to. We wanted to do that, we didn’t know how, but we wanted to do that.
“We’ve not been satisfied by our Six Nations. We wanted to do something here. The players wanted to put in a big game against England.”