After England beat someone good for the first time in a long time at the weekend, their sights are now set on getting another monkey off their backs at Wembley this evening.
Sweden have not lost to England since 1968, a run of a dozen fixtures which includes two draws at World Cups and a win at the 1992 European Championships.
Erik Hamren's team have themselves recently beaten one of the world's best teams, defeating Netherlands 3-2 to qualify for Euro 2012 as the best runner-up from the group stage.
So it's just as well Fabio Capello can call upon inspirational captain John Terry again, right? And shore up a defence which looked shaky against the world champions...hmm.
Despite being embattled by an investigation into claims of racism, Terry "fronted up" to the media yesterday by appearing at a mandatory press conference in which reporters were not allowed to ask about the one thing anyone was interested in knowing about.
With sympathy and support in his own country wavering, Terry has had to seek solace elsewhere.
"People, players and managers from all across the world have been on the phone. They have been very supportive of me but it is unfair to talk about individuals," he said, stopping short of naming and shaming those who have offered him their backing.
The defender is a key part of a Chelsea defence which has shipped 15 goals in the Premier League and led the England back line which conceded two goals in matches against Switzerland and Montenegro in the past six months. He is under pressure to deliver a solid performance against the Swedes, whose win over the Dutch helped propel them up to 14th in the world rankings.
But England will not be the only team to play at Wembley this evening with a captain who sharply divides opinion, both at home and abroad.
Sweden will be led out on to the Wembley pitch this evening by Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Icon. Enigma. Douchebag.
One of the most talented yet maligned players of the past decade, Ibra has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to win over of his doubters in Britain this evening. Given the almost universal adoration of Barcelona, comments made in his new autobiography - I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic - were never going to win him a new legion of fans.
The Milan striker has never won a match on English soil, and has consistently failed to justify the hype in fixtures when the largest amount of viewers on this side of the Channel would be tuned in.
Ibrahimovic was tempted out of international retirement for the start of the Euro 2012 campaign with the captain's armband, and Sweden duly qualified. However, they did so by securing that win over the Dutch while their skipper was suspended. In fact, since the former Juventus and Internazionale striker won his first senior cap a decade ago, Sweden have won 100 per cent of their European Championship qualifiers without him, but only 55 per cent when he has been in the team.
It is a record that his team-mate Sebastian Larsson is at a loss to understand.
"That's the question we are always asked these days," said the Sunderland midfielder, who will almost inevitably score this evening. "I don't know why.
"We beat Holland without him but hopefully would have beaten Holland with him too. For a country like Sweden to have a player like him there is no question we want him on the pitch whenever possible. If we want to achieve our dreams and goals we need him performing."
The two captains facing each other at Wembley this evening may have very different styles - one an old school point-and-shouter, the other a prancing, pony-tailed egomaniac - but they both have a lot to prove.
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A friendly at Wembley is all well and good, but the fact that a record low crowd of around 50,000 is expected this evening at the national stadium tells you how unimportant it is in the grand scheme of things.
Whereas elsewhere in Europe there are four do-or-die clashes taking place tonight as the second legs of the Euro 2012 play-offs kick off.
Ireland fans will be biting their nails as they welcome Estonia to the Aviva Stad... What's that? Giovanni Trapattoni's side won the first leg in Tallinn 4-0? Oh.
OK, how about Croatia v Turkey, a rematch of the thrilling Euro 2008 clash in which... Eh? Croatia thumped turkey 3-0 in Istanbul, you say? Ah.
What about Montenegro? They only lost their first leg in Czech Republic 2-0? Surely the fact they only scored seven goals in the entire group stage means they will unleash four or five tonight in Podgorica. Right?
Well, then, it looks as though it's all on Portugal v Bosnia & Herzegovina, who drew 0-0 in Zenica last week. These two sides met at the same stage two years ago, 1-0 wins in either leg seeing Portugal squeeze through.
With Bosnia a better side two years on, and Portugal arguably worse, tonight's clash in Lisbon raises the rather exciting prospect of a genuine upset.
Were it, for example, Lionel Messi, Wesley Sneijder or Mesut Ozil who we were denied seeing in a major tournament because of such a shock result, that would be saddening.
Call ED bitter, but for some reason the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo blubbing as his country fails to qualify would be worth not seeing him at a major tournament. The law of averages suggests there must be a twist in the tale somewhere in these four play-off games... ED wouldn't mind it coming in Lisbon.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He's a footballer and, like the Fleetwood Mac song, players only love you when they're playing." - PFA chairman Gordon Taylor comes over all Stevie Nicks as he laments Carlos Tevez's refusal to report back to Manchester City after going AWOL.
FOREIGN VIEW: "PSG play at the Parc des Princes. PSG's enemy is Marseille. When he says that Papin and Cantona should not play and that he should play instead ... he is a b****** because every time Papin or Cantona touched the ball, they were booed." - Gerard Houllier reignites his feud with David Ginola in his new book, also stating that France would have qualified for the 1994 World Cup if it were not for the former PSG, Newcastle and Tottenham winger. Ginola is now suing Houllier for 'public insult and defamation'.
COMING UP: We'll have live coverage of the friendly between England and Sweden (20:00) and all four Euro 2012 qualifiers - Republic of Ireland v Estonia (19:45), Croatia v Turkey (19:05), Montenegro v Czech Republic (19:15) and Portugal v Bosnia (21:00).