No one enjoys the international break do they? There are very few that pipe up to defend it, or argue in favour of it. For some it inspires complete apathy, while for others it is utterly intolerable.
A fortnight of England-centric media coverage, of footballers pretending to care and Roy Hodgson bathing in the limelight. The World Cup was great, EURO 2016 will undoubtedly be a lot of fun, but the whole truncated and tiring qualifying process can do one.
Unfortunately the world doesn’t work like that and we’re stuck with the qualifiers and the regular fortnights of doom forever.
So early are we in the qualifying process for EURO 2016 that very little importance rides on the next week’s set of fixtures, but for some of the Home Nations this has traditionally proved to be the hurdle where qualification has been lost.