For a while now I've been thinking about which international footballing nations best reflect a Premier League counterpart, so I've cobbled together a list with my findings to stoke up some debate.
The criteria and grounds for comparison are fairly loose, but if you piece together elements of history, culture, style, successes and failures, then there are some interesting likenesses to be found.
Admittedly there were also some sketchy marriages of convenience, but this is far from an exact science, and I've also factored in my own ideas and innuendo.
Where each respective club and country stand now aren't exactly correlative, so I've tried to put some historical context in place to add depth to the argument.
I've looked at recent and past fortunes as well as the overall standing of the particular club and country on the world stage, and other considerations make fleeting appearances without reasoning.
I'm really hanging myself out to dry with this because the piece can only attract a volley of abuse from most quarters, with a feint sprinkle of praise here and there.
So keep your comments constructive, and let me know where I went wrong or right.
And remember—It's only a game!