2020 means a tournament year and a sense of hope surrounds England after a comfortable qualifying passage to Euro 2020 laced with goals galore from their attacking talents.
Gareth Southgate’s side know already that they will face Croatia and the Czech Republic in the group stage of the competition with one other team to join them after the play-offs.
With the tournament being co-hosted by 12 different countries Southgate also has the hoped-for advantage of matches on home soil in both the group stage and, if successful, the semi-finals and final.
The key dates are as follows. 31 March: Serbia or Norway will take on Scotland or Israel for the final spot in Group D.
If the Scots come through they will play two matches at Hampden Park and travel south to meet England.
14 June: England take on Croatia at Wembley in their opening match of the tournament.
A familiar foe in recent years, the World Cup finalists continue to punch above their weight at international level.
16 June: If the Three Lions top their group then they face a difficult last-16 tie against the team who finish second in Group F.
That could be France, Germany or Portugal so the Munich meeting of the Germans against the French may go a long way towards deciding who goes where in the knockout stage.
19 June: A second group game for England, this time against the play-off winners.
23 June: The opening stage ends with a Wembley date against a Czech Republic side who surprised England in Prague late last year.
30 June: If all goes to plan then Southgate and his side will have made the short journey over to Dublin for their last-16 tie.
12 July: The Henri Delaunay Trophy will be presented at Wembley but will it be Harry Kane who gets his hands on the silverware?