Sir Geoff Hurst did his country a good turn in 1966 and received a knighthood on the back of it.
There may well be a few England fans screaming for the Queen to take his title back after pulling out the Three Lions alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy in Group D.
It was apparent heading into the drawing of teams from Pot 4 that Group D had the look of the “Group of Death.”
Hurst gave the balls a swirl, picked one out and handed it to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
There was a pause to build the atmosphere, before Valcke confirmed England boss Roy Hodgson’s worst fears.
"With Uruguay and Italy, we almost have two No. 1 seeds in our group," Hodgson told BBC Sport. "It does not surprise me at all to get a tough draw. But I am still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know."
If the three teams alongside England were not bad enough, the Three Lions will open their campaign in the tropical city of Manaus.
It will be a hot start, and it will need to be a fast start.