Hampton resident Simon Amor believes his England squad are more than capable of qualifying for next year's Tokyo Olympics Rugby Sevens tournament writes Ziad Chaudry.

England, who all season had some key senior players out due to injuries, were hoping to make ground on fourth place South Africa in the penultimate round of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at Twickenham Stadium last weekend.

But despite beating World champions New Zealand, their elimination in the group stages of HSBC London Sevens main cup competition confirmed the Springboks, who joined Fiji, USA and New Zealand, as automatic Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.

"I'm so proud with the effort from the guys," Amor said while praising the efforts of his squad over the weekend.

"Obviously results didn't go our way.

"We have five guys playing at Twickenham for the first time and to lose Tom Bowen unfortunately in that second game (against Scotland) has kind of been the story of our year with injuries.

"For those young guys to step up and do the way they did and some injuries guys coming back and haven't played any rugby for a long long time I'm incredibly pleased with them."

England will have a second chance to earn a place at next year's Olympics when they play alongside the France, Spain and Portugal in the European Qualifier in Biarritz, France in two weeks time. If successful Amor will lead a squad that will represent Team GB in the Japanese capital.

"The way they performed against New Zealand it was unbelievable," Amor continued.

"That was a very experienced top quality and lot of those guys beat us in the World Cup final last year.

"So for our young guys to come through and live with that kind of performance and and hopefully get a few of our senior guys back from injury that's really encouraging for us.