Jonny Wilkinson has warned England will have to toughen up if they are to stand any chance of overturning the odds and beating New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Toulon fly-half is one of only four members of the England squad to have tasted victory over the All Blacks, along with Joe Worsley, Lewis Moody and Steve Thompson.
Wilkinson played a key role in England's triumphs over the All Blacks at Twickenham in November 2002 and in Wellington in the summer of 2003.
England manager Martin Johnson admitted his side became anxious as mistakes began to creep into the game early in last weekend's laboured 16-9 victory over Argentina.
Last November, England lost their discipline and had four players sin-binned in a record home defeat to the All Blacks.
Drawing on those experiences from 2002 and 2003, Wilkinson warned England will have to be resilient when things go against them - or New Zealand will romp to another victory.
"You have to react hard. You have to push yourself. You have to accept it will be fast and frantic and tough. They are full of world-class players and you cannot switch off," said Wilkinson.
"Minute by minute you have to take your hits, accept they are a good team and that they might pop over a penalty here or score a try there.
"You have to react and come back. That is what we did a few years ago. We had situations against the best teams when we were scores down. You have to stick to your task.
"It is difficult but you have to keep these games tight. If you let New Zealand build up momentum and take control then suddenly you are out of the game.
"With half an hour left you are wondering where it has gone. It is not one of those games you can hang in there."
In 2002, Wilkinson claimed a full-house in England's 31-28 victory at Twickenham and the following summer he scored all the points in an era-defining 15-13 win in horrendous conditions in New Zealand.
It was that performance, with England at one stage forced to defend a series of five-metre scrums with a six-man pack, which led to Sir Clive Woodward's side being described as "white orcs on steroids".
Since then, though, New Zealand have won the last seven encounters with fly-half Dan Carter accumulating more points on his own than England have managed between them.
The average score is Carter 19 England 13.
"Whether it is scoring points, making decisions, defending, attacking, coming up with the big play himself, setting others up for the big play, he does them all," said Wilkinson of Carter.
"He has a skill level that is impeccably high. Is he one of the most skilful players there has ever been? I think without a doubt.
"He has the personality, the character, the skills and without doubt the faith of his team.
"When he is on form and playing well, which is most of the time, their team is flying.
"When they are flying you know you are in trouble so we need to keep a close eye on him."