Come in number one
Assuming England qualify for the next World Cup, the problem position in Fabio Capello's squad is almost certainly going to be goalkeeper.
One of the first things that Capello did as England manager was to restore David James to the starting XI. The Portsmouth stopper started every one of the 11 games since, with Joe Hart, Scott Carson and Robert Green being given one substitute appearance each.
Spain may have put some perspective on England's prospects of actually winning 2010 World Cup, but there's no doubt that, under Capello, England look a much improved side.
However, in those 11 games with Capello at the helm, England have kept only three clean-sheets.
The first of these came against a dreadfully dull United States team at Wembley; the second was in the win over Trinidad and Tobago, who perhaps, because of the sense of occasion in Port of Spain, played like a pub team; the third was against Andorra, who play like a pub team's reserves and have managed just 10 international goals in seven years.
Now, I am not laying the blame for that statistic solely at the goalkeeper's door, but I do worry about going into a World Cup with a first-choice keeper who, by then, will be almost 40 years old. Observers of both the 1990 and 2002 World Cups might say that England were undone by a lack of agility from ageing goalkeepers at the crucial moment and I am really worried that something similar could happen in South Africa.
Peter Shilton was nearly 41 when Andreas Brehme's free-kick looped off Paul Parker into the net in the 1990 semi-final; Dave Seaman was about to turn 39 when Ronaldinho either fluked or curled the winning goal in the quarter-final of 2002. Bad luck in both cases? Maybe. Would a younger keeper have saved them? Maybe.
At the business end of a World Cup, there is simply no margin for error.
At present, there are only seven English goalkeepers in the Premier League who are first picks for their managers. They are Paul Robinson, Matt Duke, Steve Harper, David James, Scott Carson, Robert Green and Chris Kirkland. Harper and Duke are the only uncapped keepers on that list.
You could have included Joe Hart until a couple of weeks ago. But with Shay Given now at Manchester City, Hart's progression is likely to come to an abrupt halt - if he stays at City, of course.
Hart is 21 and best placed to be the number one beyond 2010, but his nervous display on his debut in Trinidad suggests that he is not ready yet.
It may be that a new face emerges in the next 18 months, or even that a goalkeeper from outside the top flight gets a chance. But that seems unlikely. So who are the three to take to South Africa?
If I had to make the choice, I would be carefully reconsidering the claims of Robinson. Any player with 41 England caps and a World Cup Finals under his belt has to be in the frame. Of course, he will always be remembered for that goal in Zagreb. I was commentating at the time and described it as the worst goal England would ever concede. I hope I am right about that. It was truly awful, though not necessarily all his fault.
In the aftermath, Robinson's form crumbled. He kept only seven clean sheets in his next 57 Premier League games. My impression is that at Blackburn he has got his career back on track and, most importantly, has re-built his confidence. At 29, he is in the right age bracket. I hope he is given another chance.