There have been many false dawns in England’s challenge for top international honours since that memorable day at Wembley when Sir Alf Ramsey’s side won the 1966 World Cup.
This time it may just be that England’s troubles are all behind them as the fall-outs, resignations and race-rows are usually eve of tournament events or after the players have spent way too much time together. Usually two days.
New man Roy Hodgson who replaced Fabio Capello when all that messy qualifying work was done, has kept his players’ feet on the ground conscious of the usual media frenzy that usually decrees England world-beaters before a ball is kicked.
But for once, England come into Euro 2012 somewhat under the radar. And maybe that can be their secret weapon as they look to break the 1966 jinx that no English side has ever lived up to since.