With just two games left in the World Cup qualifying campaign, the England squad have had plenty of time to prepare for the game against South Africa on Sunday.
And the players are preparing themselves for the toughest challenge yet.
The England players are due to play a full 90 minutes against the new-look South African side on Saturday, as the team looks to secure their place in next month’s final.
They will have had time to do so on Wednesday, as they played their final friendly match against Italy in Italy before heading home to begin preparations for the final two-game round-robin.
England’s players are not playing against a team of superstars, but rather one that could make the final eight.
And, as such, the squad is not too far away from the likes of the Netherlands, Argentina and Portugal.
But for England, the key game will be the first game against the likes on their current run of form.
In fact, England have only managed one defeat in nine World Cup qualifiers.
But with the team having played four friendlies, it’s unlikely the team will make it into the final and face a side that could be as strong as the hosts.
The last two games against Italy, where the squad came away with a draw, and Germany, where England won, will be crucial for England’s chances.
And that will be no surprise to the players, who know their opponents well.
England will be without their captain and captain-in-waiting, Ashley Cole, who is suffering from an injury that has kept him out of the first two games.
England were knocked out of this year’s tournament at the group stage, losing to Mexico in the semi-finals and the hosts, Chile in the final.
The squad have also been without the likes, captain James Tomkins, who was injured in the first friendly and who was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
And then there is a question mark over the fitness of Danny Welbeck, who suffered a knee injury in the 3-0 defeat to Argentina.
And while England have been unlucky not to make the knockout stages in all their World Cup matches, there are still plenty of positives to take from the win over South Africa.
England won the game thanks to some fantastic defending, and have a few of the players in place to do just that again against South African football.
The players will have to be ready for the tougher challenge, as South Africa have a proven record of scoring in the last quarter of games, having won all three of their World Cups.
But the players will also have to take some confidence in their squad’s performances, as well as their manager, Steve McClaren, and their players.
England are still very much in the hunt to win the World Series, and they could well find themselves in the quarter-finals again if they can stay on track.