England head coach Andy Robinson had no doubts about recalling full-back Iain Balshaw after skipper Jason Robinson was ruled out of the rest of the RBS 6 Nations with a thumb injury.
There was speculation Josh Lewsey might be switched from the wing to full-back to cover for the loss of the England captain but Robinson insists Balshaw is the ideal replacement for the Sale man.
"He's been in good form for his club and the 'A' team. We've chosen a full-back for the full-back position," said Robinson.
The England coach believes Balshaw became a victim of his own success after the way he burst on to the international scene.
"I think he lost a bit of confidence and he suffered with injuries, but he was also very much a marked man after his success in 2000 and 2001, just like Jason Robinson at the moment," said the England coach.
A factor in Balshaw's return to senior international duty was his performance in England's 'A' team victory over France in Bath.
"He picked the lines well and counter-attacked well on a pretty heavy pitch," said Robinson.
"We've been very impressed with the way he's been running and he'll have a free rein with us."
England backs coach Joe Lydon, who describes Balshaw as "at times a bit of a maverick", believes both his successes and his setbacks have matured a player who has experienced more than most.
Balshaw, now 25, agreed.
"Experiencing all the ups and downs of the game you get that, but I'm just delighted to be back," he said.
"It's a perfect opportunity and I've got to take it."
Certainly, he has no intention of succumbing to the problems which contributed to his demise first time around.
He added: "I started worrying about how I was playing and analysing my game too much. Now I've just reverted back to not worrying about it and getting on with it."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.