Martin Corry, Birmingham-born, Bristolbred and honed in Leicester, will captain England in their Six Nations Championship game against Italy at Twickenham a week tomorrow.
Leicester No 8 Corry will lead his country for the first time, taking over from injured full-back Jason Robinson.
But the new skipper insists there is nothing drastic to be done in putting the chariot back on track.
Corry has delivered an upbeat message, claiming: "The way England are going and the way we are moving behind the scenes, is all good - apart from the results.
"Each week, we are making small steps up - and all I need to do is try to help make that ultimate step, which is winning matches.
"Everything is going well; there is a great spirit in the camp, so nothing drastic needs to happen."
Corry will become England's fourth captain since the 2003 World Cup triumph, following Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson and Robinson, who will undergo surgery on his thumb injury today and faces five weeks out of action.
He was the obvious appointment for England head coach Andy Robinson to make - given his consistently outstanding form, often in adversity, for a team which has lost the winning habit.
"It is the ultimate honour and I am thrilled," added 31-year-old Corry, who has won 35 caps after making his Test debut under Jack Rowell's England regime against Argentina in 1997.
"But it is something, again, which has come in unfortunate circumstances. It is a big blow for Jason and, in a way, I hate to benefit from somebody's misfortune but that seems to happen quite a lot in my career.
"In the space of six months, my fortunes have turned around. It's tough to describe.
"I will never say never and nothing will surprise me - but having said that, this has surprised me!
"From where I was six months ago - I know there are a lot of injuries in the camp, so it's probably not that level a playing field, but it is still phenomenal."