England are ranked third in the world.
After avoiding some of the high-ranked nations lurking in the draw, Gareth Southgate also avoided the play-off teams so can start planning for the Euros immediately. He wants his squad based in a remote town called Blankenhain at a resort that boasts two golf courses.
The banner flourished in the Gallowgate End before kick off was unequivocal: “We don’t surrender,” it read. Had the Manchester United fans been so inclined, they could have responded with a sign which encompassed the attitude of several of their players on the St James Park pitch: “We don’t compete.”