Ed Slater has demanded England's midweek team raise morale for Saturday's final Test against New Zealand by recording a first victory on tour at Christchurch's AMI Stadium.
Eleven capped players have been named in a starting XV that features Danny Cipriani at fly-half for Tuesday's clash with Super 15 franchise the Crusaders.
Successive narrow defeats in Auckland and Dunedin have seen the All Blacks build an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series and England are determined to salvage some pride at Waikato Stadium.
To aid their cause, head coach Stuart Lancaster has stressed to a midweek side the need to start building momentum against the Crusaders in their solitary tour fixture.
"This is a big opportunity and Stuart has spoken about lifting the spirit," said uncapped Slater, who captains the team.
"We're under no illusions about what's happened - we've lost the last two games and this is a chance for us to lift the spirit in the camp.
New Zealand 28 England 27: Second test player ratings
New Zealand 28 England 27: Second test player ratings
1/32 Ben Smith - 9
At times he bordered on the sublime, and he prospered at full-back in the absence of Israel Dagg. His try swung the momentum in the All Blacks’ favour and started their 20 minute period of utter domination.
2/32 Corey Jane - 6
The quiet man of New Zealand’s lethal back-three but he performed everything to a high level in a mistake-free performance. Defensively sound against the dangerous Yarde.
3/32 Conrad Smith - 9
His tactical genius tormented Twelvetrees and Burrell, with his dummy on the former their final try a particular highlight. A linchpin in the Kiwi back line, and England need to find a way to deal with him.
4/32 Ma'a Nonu - 8
The improvement in a just seven days was huge, as Nonu had a devastating effect on England’s defence. He ran hard yet showed impressive agility to dance through miniscule gaps, and his passing opened the channels for those outside him.
5/32 Julian Savea - 8
The wing just doesn’t know how not to score. Each time he got his hands on the ball he threatened to break free, and score his fifth try against England in just three meetings to take his overall tally to 20 in 21 Tests.
6/32 Aaron Cruden - 7
His break for Smith’s try was beautifully crafted as he identified the gap between the lagging forwards. Kicking could have been better, but he controlled the flow of a rampant back line very well.
7/32 Aaron Smith - 7
Showed just how big a threat the small man can be, as he plugged away at the gaps around the England maul and scrum to good effect. Spurned a chance in the first half though.
8/32 Tony Woodcock - 6
Coped much better in the scrum after recovering from a difficult start. Somewhat quiet in the loose though and could look to up his work rate.
9/32 Dan Coles - 7
A much better game saw him replaced by Mealamu when the game was won. 100 per cent at the lineout gave the All Blacks a strong platform to attack from. A good day’s work.
10/32 Owen Franks - 6
Struggled early with pressure from Marler in the scrum. Still non-existent in the loose, and needs to offer more going forward to help out the rest of the pack.
11/32 Brodie Retallick - 7
A very good showing from the lock as he secured lineout ball repeatedly and disrupted England’s set piece to strong effect. Tackled and ran well, and helped to nullify England’s forward advantage of the first Test.
12/32 Sam Whitelock - 7
Ran repeatedly although saw little success in terms of ground gained. Stole English ball on one occasion, and worked well with Retallick to improve significantly on last week’s poor showing.
13/32 Liam Messam - 7
Not as destructive on defence as we have grown accustomed to but popped up a number of times out wide, and could have had a try is Conrad Smith hadn’t passed straight into touch.
14/32 Richie McCaw - 6
When can you ever say McCaw missed a tackle to allow a try. Unusual lapse allowed Yarde to score early, but recovered quickly after. Nearly had a try of his own only to be held up by replacement Matt Mullan.
15/32 Jerome Kaino - 8
Marauding back-row made some impressive gains, especially during New Zealand’s purple patch. Constantly a threat with hand in ball, as he combined pace and power to beat defenders.
16/32 Beuden Barrett - 7
Introduced in the second half and probed the England defence to great effect. Kick very well too and is pressuring Cruden to start.
17/32 Mike Brown - 6
Settled much quicker this week, and never gave up as he set-up the final try for England after scoring a debateable one of his own. Hasn’t been at his best in New Zealand though.
18/32 Manu Tuilagi - 7
Wasted on the wing, as he looked to use brawn over pace when he got the ball. Took risks with a number of offloads which luckily paid off, but spurned a chance in the first half for a breakaway try.
19/32 Luther Burrell - 6
Ran hard at the New Zealand line but more often than not found a stiff defence in front of him. Should partner Tuilagi next week as he continues to develop.
20/32 Billy Twelvetrees - 4
A poor game by all accounts for the returning centre. Lack of match practice didn’t help, especially against the All Blacks, and a number of mistakes put his side under pressure.
21/32 Marland Yarde - 6
Took his chance early very well as he broke the tackle of McCaw, and threated throughout the opening 40. Faded as England were starved of the ball, and was caught out for Nonu’s try.
22/32 Owen Farrell - 6
His control of England’s game was evidently shown when he was absent for 10 minutes for killing the ball. Could have shown more in attack, but reliable with his kicking as he landed four from five. Kicking from hand must be better.
23/32 Danny Care - 5
Set-up Yarde’s try but showed a rare sloppiness in his game. Dropped the ball twice after England’s pack has worked hard to gain momentum.
24/32 Joe Marler - 6
Had a tremendous start against Franks in the scrum, and his carrying was good. Could have done more to get on the front-foot and was horribly mismatched by Savea for Smith’s try.
25/32 Rob Webber - 6
Lost his 100 per cent record at the lineout as they lost three on their own throw. Replaced by Hartley early in the second half.
26/32 David Wilson - 7
A better game in the loose and even showed his footwork with one impressive run late and a kick early on. Knows he can do more in the scrum as England gained momentum towards the end.
27/32 Joe Launchbury - 6
Very quiet in both the lineout and around the park, and could be in danger of losing his place to Lawes next week.
28/32 Geoff Parling - 6
Stuart Lancaster stuck with him for his control, and he attracted a lot of attention in the lineout. Smashed opposite number Retallick in the first half with a powerful tackle.
29/32 Tom Wood - 6
Took on a lot of responsibility in the lineout and showed good hands to create the final try. Ran his heart out and unlucky to be on the losing side.
30/32 Chris Robshaw - 6
Snaffled a long-range pass with a turn of pace akin to a natural seven, and performed his usual link role between the pack and the backs to reasonable effect. Not as prominent in the loose though.
31/32 Ben Morgan - 6
Much quitter this week but showed one good run off the base of the scrum to inject England with some go forward. Likely to be replaced by Vunipola next week.
32/32 Chris Ashton - 6
His contribution was minimal in time but maximal in effect as he scored in the dying seconds. Pushing his claim to start next week.
"We've been close in the last two Test games and guys are really eager to make their mark in this game.
"Our focus first and foremost is to play well as a team, but we definitely need to get that win."
The omission of Kyle Eastmond from the 23 confirms the Bath centre is in serious contention to replace Billy Twelvetrees, who is struggling with an ankle problem, in the third Test on Saturday.
Cipriani's inclusion at fly-half points to a growing appreciation for the Sale playmaker among England's management.
He keeps Stephen Myler on the bench despite having been behind his Northampton rival in the pecking order before departing for New Zealand.
Defensive lynchpin Brad Barritt anchors a strong backline that includes Alex Goode at full-back and Ben Foden on the right wing.
Bath rookie Anthony Watson, alongside centre Henry Trinder the only uncapped player behind the scrum, has been given a start on the left wing with Lee Dickson at scrum-half.
Slater's lack of Test experience has not prevented him from being asked to lead the team with Alex Waller, who scored the Aviva Premiership title-winning try for Northampton, at loosehead.
The presence of Dave Attwood and James Haskell in the second and back rows adds beef to the pack, while Matt Kvesic has a chance to claw back some of the ground lost on Chris Robshaw at openside.
"We have a competitive squad and a big squad and that's the reason we've brought so many guys - to have a look at them in training and to play in this game," forwards coach Graham Rowntree said.
"People like Ed have been excellent to work with - they've been patient and this is their big stage.
"We haven't yet finalised things for the final Test, so there is a lot to play for."
England team to face the Crusaders at AMI Stadium, Addington, on Tuesday June 17, kick-off 0835 BST:
A Goode (Saracens); B Foden (Northampton), H Trinder (Gloucester), B Barritt (Saracens), A Watson (Bath); D Cipriani (Sale), L Dickson (Northampton); A Waller (Northampton), J Gray (Harlequins), H Thomas (Sale), E Slater (Leicester, capt), D Attwood (Bath), J Haskell (Wasps), M Kvesic (Gloucester), T Johnson (Exeter).
Replacements: D Ward (Harlequins), N Catt (Bath), K Sinckler (Harlequins), M Paterson (Sale), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), S Myler (Northampton), J May (Gloucester), C Pennell (Worcester).Reuse content