Chris Ashton is determined to show England boss Stuart Lancaster was right to retain him in England's Elite Player Squad.
After a blistering start to his international career, the winger has notched up just two tries in his last 17 appearances for England - a far cry from the six he scored in five World Cup matches in 2011 to follow up the six he managed in the Six Nations in the same year.
Such dire form had led to suggestions that he would be dropped from the England Elite Player Squad after being rested for the June tour to Argentina, but Lancaster kept faith in the 26-year-old, naming the winger in his 33-man party last week.
Ashton is well aware of the need to put in some strong performances, and the Saracens man believes that after a summer of rest he is ready to get back to his best.
"Years of club and country catch up on you and my body actually needed the rest," he asserted.
"When Stuart advised a few of us to recharge our batteries over the summer, I was determined to make the best of it.
"Sometimes you must step back and give your body a chance. I'm feeling sharp again - fit and ready to fly out of the blocks."