World Cup winner Josh Lewsey has underlined the importance of England delivering a confidence-building performance against Canada this weekend.
England, even allowing for a much-changed team in new coach Andy Robinson's first match at the helm, should defeat a Canadian side beaten 51-6 by Italy.
But with major tests against Tri-Nations champions South Africa and World Cup runners-up Australia looming later this month, Robinson, his players and a probable 40,000 crowd will expect Canada to be dispatched in style on Saturday.
"On form, if we play to our best then we should beat them [Canada] and beat them comfortably,'' said Wasps wing Lewsey.
"But it is not just the scoreline that matters; it is our performance - because we have got bigger challenges coming up in the two weeks after Canada.
We have got to lay down a performance which gives us confidence.
"I would love to play an expansive game and I think we may have gone away a bit from what made England the best team in the world.
I hope we can get back to that fairly shortly.
"It is very easy for people to look at scorelines and expect a big win against them, but you have got to look into the minds of the Canadians,'' he added.
"If I was one of them I would be looking to stop England from scoring and to slow the ball down in a physical, confrontational game.''
Lewsey, new captain Jason Robinson, centre Mike Tindall and hooker Steve Thompson are the only survivors from the England team which lifted the World Cup with victory over Australia in Sydney a year ago.
Potentially, England could take time to settle - even allowing for their opponents' inferiority - which underlines the significance of Robinson's task after taking over the captaincy from injured fly-half Jonny Wilkinson.
England defence guru - and former rugby league coach - Phil Larder has no doubt Robinson is the right man for the job.
"I have personal satisfaction in seeing any of the players develop - but to be honest, Jason's progress since he has been playing with us has surprised me,'' said Larder.
"In rugby league, he was an outstanding talent and was thrown on a pitch and performed.
But he has come into rugby union humble and learned the game.
I have never seen Jason work so hard on his skills.
"When he was in league I would never have envisaged him captaining the England rugby union team. But I support Andy Robinson's decision to make him captain, because he was the obvious choice.''