Andy Gomarsall has insisted that he has "unfinished business" with England.
The Gloucester scrum-half still does not understand why struggling England have shunted him aside, especially given their dismal run of RBS 6 Nations results.
Gomarsall has the perfect platform to remind England boss Andy Robinson of his proven international ability when he lines up for Gloucester in Sunday's Powergen Cup semi-final clash against west country rivals Bath at a sold-out Kingsholm.
After plummeting from first-choice England number nine during the autumn Tests to third choice behind Harry Ellis and Matt Dawson less than two months later, Gomarsall will not lack motivation.
"The thing about our season is that there are club games throughout the international periods, so rather than sitting there watching, I am able to get out there and play," said Gomarsall, who is yet to sign a new contract with the Cherry and Whites amid reported interest from Saracens and Worcester.
"I am really pleased with my form at the moment. I want the (England) nine shirt back, I am playing with that in mind, and I am playing well enough, I think, to regain it.
"I wouldn't say I am used to it (being dropped). It is still always a shock, and I was very, very disappointed. I never thought I would be out of the squad and all of a sudden I was.
"I am still coming to terms with it. I still don't really understand it, especially with the results that have happened.
"There is still unfinished business, so I will just keep plugging away and keep doing what I am doing.''
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.