England secured their place in Euro 2012 after getting the point they needed in Montenegro to top Group G.
Despite blowing a two-goal lead and seeing Wayne Rooney sent off for violent conduct, the draw was enough to see England reach their first European Championships since 2004.
Fabio Capello‘s men will be among the top bracket of teams that will feature in Poland and Ukraine next summer, but what are their chances up against the rest of Europe’s elite?
One point that instantly comes to mind is wondering how long Rooney’s suspension will last through the tournament.
The 26 year-old’s petulant kick out at defender Miodrag Dzudovic with 15 minutes remaining not only had ramifications for the rest of Friday night’s game.
It also meant that the Manchester United striker is banned for a minimum of one match in the finals in June, and with a violent conduct charge it could lead to UEFA giving him an extended ban.
Losing Rooney is a massive blow to England’s chances next summer as he is the talisman of the side, and if the suspension is for more than the opening game then Capello will have to look for a plan B to at least get through the group stages.
Throughout the qualifying campaign, Capello has adopted two types of formation that have served England relatively well, with the side remaining unbeaten throughout their eight encounters.
With either 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, the players have grown accustomed to the different strategy from the 4-4-2 heavily used by the Italian at the World Cup last year.
While that proved to be unsuccessful, England now have a Plan A and B in case teams figure them out, and this could be crucial during a major tournament.
What has also been encouraging is the development of other player from the more established names as the national side starts to develop towards the future.
Other players including Scott Parker and Stewart Downing have matured over the past 12 months at International level.
But the short term question is whether or not England have a squad capable of coping with the likes of Spain, Germany and Holland in eight months time.
The simple truth of the matter is that as things stand, we are behind those teams and therefore the semi-finals has to be more of a realistic aim.
Now Capello has to figure out who is going to spearhead his attack going into the tournament in the absence of Rooney, and make sure his loss - whether it’s for one game or more - doesn’t have a major impact on our chances in Eastern Europe next year .
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