While the players responsible for England’s perfect start to life in Group are well known, those who have inspired their fellow UK sides’ promising beginnings are altogether less notorious.
Given the quality displayed by the following quartet it’s unlikely they will stay that way for long.
Shane Ferguson – Newcastle United and Northern Ireland
Still only 23, the Derry-born Magpie first appeared for the Tynesiders in 2010/11, but has never managed to nail down a place in Alan Pardew’s plans.
Operating at left full-back against Greece, but more naturally a supremely tricky winger, the former Gaelic football star deserves a chance to supplant the workmanlike Yoann Gouffran on recent international evidence.
Michael O’Neill’s side are now 5/1 second-favourites to win Group F behind Romania.
Ikechi Anya – Watford and Scotland
Also eligible to represent Nigeria, Romania or England, Anya seems to have found a home at Vicarage Road after traipsing around the backwaters of English and Spanish football for much of his career.
Aged 26, it’s hard to imagine just why for anyone has seen him act as a constant thorn in the sides of Germany and Poland in recent games, helping himself to a goal and an assist.
Scotland are 13/10 to end the Republic of Ireland’s unbeaten start to life in Group D when the sides clash next time out in mid-Novemeber.
Conor McLaughlin – Fleetwood Town and Northern Ireland
The 23-year-old has been operating on the opposite flank to Newcastle’s Ferguson with an accomplishment that belies the fact that he has played just seven games at a level beyond the English third tier.
BBC Radio Five Live’s Pat Nevin suggested in the wake of his recent showings for Norn Irn that it was nothing short of a mystery as to why that was the case.
David Meyler – Hull City and Republic of Ireland
Like Ferguson, the Tigers stalwart is not normally a full-back, yet it didn’t stop him subduing Julian Draxler on the Germany left, with only the tentative help of Aiden McGeady for assistance ahead of him.