Roy Hodgson is to hand both Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge starts for England against Slovakia in a move that could be considered to have come a game too late.
The pair were introduced as half-time substitutes for the ineffectual Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane against Wales and went on to score the goals that turned defeat into victory for their nation.
However, any pleasure either the men themselves, or England supporters have gleaned from the news that both make the XI against the Slovaks will be tempered by the totality of Hodgson’s teamsheet.
Sturridge and Vardy, 6/4 and 17/10 to score at any time respectively, are tasked with proving themselves indispensible to their manager with the support of a much-changed and what can only be considered weakened line-up.
The midfield three tasked with building the play responsible for supplying their chances will contain not one, but two men playing their way back to full fitness from injury in Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson.
Hodgson has also chosen to rest both his full-backs, another move sure to have despondency-inducing effects among his strikers given the effectiveness of Danny Rose and particularly Kyle Walker so far in the tournament.
Nor is this the first time the England gaffer has given the duo their ‘chance’ to shine in a weakened team.
Vardy and Sturridge have started together for England on just one previous occasion, the optimism tempering 1-2 Wembley defeat against an injury decimated Netherlands in March.
On that occasion they were tasked with thriving off the work of a prosaic midfield consisting of debutant Danny Drinkwater, James Milner and Adam Lallana, with Ross Barkley, overlooked again this evening, in the number-ten role.
Wilshere and Henderson, might represent a step up on that supporting cast, but only when in possession of full match fitness.