At least Sunday's performance against Japan helped dampen the frenzy that always seems to accompany England's departure to a major tournament.
Now, even the most optimistic England fan must know that Fabio Capello's side have absolutely no chance of winning the World Cup.
Victory over their fellow qualifiers in Graz could not mask a poor display that, like the game against Mexico last week, posed more questions than found answers, and exposed yet more frailties.
And, unfortunately, it also served to reopen the great Steven Gerrard-Frank Lampard debate once again.
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