Newly-appointed head coach Eddie Jones reckons that Chris Robshaw will benefit from not being the England captain.
Robshaw has been replaced by Dylan Hartley as the English skipper for the Six Nations after leading England in a disappointing World Cup campaign under former head coach Stuart Lancaster.
Jones is of the opinion that Robshaw will excel without the responsibility of being captain and could be the best blindside flanker in Europe by the end of this year's instalment of the Six Nations.
"Chris was disappointed, I do however think the next part of his career will be the best of his career," said Jones.
"I feel that he will feel a little relieved and he will get out there and play some attractive rugby. This has been the case when he plays for Harlequins and I think he will do the same for his country. I hope that by the end of the Six Nations he will be perceived as the best number six in Europe.
"He has done really well up until this point. Easily the best blindside flanker in England. Robshaw has a high level of output and reminds me of Richard Hill.
"He is a similar breed of player to Hill. He never gets too many wraps, but works hard and that is the kind of player he can develop as and be world-class."