Brian Ashton has challenged his new-look team to put England 'back on the map' following a year scarred by repeated demoralising failures.
England will launch their RBS 6 Nations Championship campaign against Scotland on Saturday, having lost eight of their last nine Tests and dropped outside world rugby's top five-ranked nations.
But head coach Ashton has retained just four of the side beaten by South Africa in his predecessor Andy Robinson's final game as England boss nine weeks ago.
The message reverberating around England's Bath University training base suggests the world champions mean business, as they begin a 10-Test run towards their Webb Ellis Trophy defence in France later this year.
Ashton said: 'We have had a real reality check as to where we are, and where we need to be.
'After the autumn Tests, we sat down as coaches and said we had to find a starting point in 2007. I am excited, as are the players, and there is a feeling and desire within the squad to go out and put England back on the map again.
'We want to develop our game, and maybe take it to levels where we haven't been to before.'
Central to Ashton's planned renaissance is 2003 World Cup final match-winner Jonny Wilkinson, who will make his first start for club or country on Saturday after 12 weeks out recovering from a lacerated kidney.
The Newcastle fly-half will be joined in an intriguing England back division by former Wigan rugby league stars Andy Farrell and Jason Robinson, who are reunited almost six years after their last appearance together - the 2000 Grand Final between Wigan and St Helens.
Ashton added: 'I know it is another code, but Andy has been right at the top of the world game for a long time.
"I am not asking him to play anything differently than he played for Wigan and Great Britain in terms of execution of skills and leading the team.
'We need in our team players who have the game intelligence, game understanding and the skill sets - who have actually been at the top of the game and challenged themselves.
'It is about having the mind-set to almost develop a game within a game, and as a coach you have got to have massive trust in your players.'