ENGLAND came close to winning the World Cup in the summer – now Gareth Southgate has to lift his men for a tilt at the Nations League.
First up is a visit from Spain with UEFA lumping the Continent's top 16 into four groups to try to make matches more meaningful in the run-up to Euro 2020. All or most of these 16 will qualify for Euro 2020.
Two late goals earned Spain a 2-2 draw at Wembley two years ago but I can see Southgate's side going one better.
The momentum from a fourth place in Russia should continue and they'll be confident against a side who face a little rebuild after David Silva, Anders Iniesta and Gerard Pique retired.
Diego Costa, their best performing striker at the World Cup, is missing with his partner due to give birth.
England won't make many changes from the squad that set Russia alight and I expect their fine form to continue.
Defenders Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kieran Trippier all hit the target in Russia and one could score again. Pick one and you'll get between 14-1 and 18-1 for a goal.
Kyle Lafferty's early-season form earned him a move back to Rangers from Hearts and he is 6-1 at Unibet to score first and 31-10 to strike at any time. Edin Dzeko is first-scorer favourite at 22-5 with Unibet.
- Kane to score first
- Lafferty to score first
- England/Nth Ireland not to lose