Three matches into proceedings, England are three points clear at the top of Group E after three wins, and surely destined to be one of the 24 teams that will contest Euro 2016 in France.
As most now expect from Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions, the manner of their three victories has been somewhat uninspiring, relying on a Wayne Rooney free kick to snatch a 1-0 win away at ten-man Estonia in their last outing.
However, three wins without conceding is an admirable record, and includes what is expected to be their hardest game of all away at Switzerland.
It’s also worth noting that many of UEFA’s other World Cup participants have endured worse starts to qualifying, with the past two world champions Spain and Germany both already suffering defeat.
So let’s lay some credit at Hodgson’s feet, and furthermore, let’s cash in on his success by backing England to remain unbeaten through qualifying at 7/5.
It’s a feat they achieved under the former Liverpool and Fulham boss when securing their place at the World Cup in Brazil, despite facing a far tougher group containing Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro.
It was a similarly story in qualification for Euro 2012, where the Three Lions sauntered through their group without losing, once again despite opponents with a far greater footballing pedigree than their current foes.
Switzerland are currently tenth in FIFA’s rankings thanks to a friendly World Cup 2014 qualifying group, but the rest of England’s opponents are way down the standings.
Slovenia are next at 53, then Estonia at 81 and Lithuania at 103, while San Marino are fighting it out with Bhutan for last spot in the table.
It’s not the most arduous of fixture lists, and complacency now looks just about the only potential impediment to a third unbeaten qualifying group in a row for the Three Lions.