I remember the game played that led some countries to qualify to play in the world cup and in 1966 England failed miserably by not qualifying.
But of course as they were the the Host nation they Qualified Automatically.
So they went from a mediocre team to world cup champions in a short space of time.
So it is not how you play in the preliminary games but what you do in the finals that count. So there is always hope.
Now that's the way I remember it happening hope that I got my facts right.
Anyway a month of not having to watch Jeremy Kyle has to be a bonus.