Fabio Capello's England team heads into next month's FIFA World Cup riding on the crest of a wave.
Despite their 1-0 defeat in Ukraine in the penultimate game of UEFA Qualifying Group Six, England's record of nine wins and 34 goals from ten matches was an impressive achievement.
And although minor injuries to Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are cause for concern and the recent furor surrounding F.A. Chairman Lord Triesman's allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup could prove damaging to the nation's standing in the footballing world, England fans are confident that their team can go all the way in South Africa.
With the F.A. due to introduce the homegrown rule in next season's Premier League campaign - each team will be required to include at least eight players who have been trained in England for at least three years before they reached their 21st birthday - a possible exodus of foreign players is on the cards.
While teams such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will be forced to re-shape their squads to prepare for this rule change, Tottenham Hotspur already boasts a legion of young, talented British players who have contributed to the team's record fourth-place finish.
These players have clearly impressed national team manager Capello, who has named six Spurs players in the provisional 30-man England squad which flew out to Austria for its preparatory training camp.
In fact, there may be a full team of Tottenham players on show during the tournament.
Here I take a look at some Spurs stars who could have a real impact during the most prestigious sports tournament on the planet!
Heurelho Gomes? A potential World Cup winner?
These two phrases said in succession may have provoked ridicule just a few months ago.
Despite a calamitous first season in the Premier League, which saw former PSV goalkeeper Gomes in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the rangy goalkeeper has played a key role in Tottenham's league success this season, helping the team keep 12 clean sheets in 38 matches.
Although Gomes was a late inclusion in Dunga's Brazil squad and may still rank as the third-choice keeper, his stock has risen steeply and, if called upon in case of injury or loss of form to Serie A pair Julio Cesar and Doni, The Octopus can be expected to display athleticism, bravery, and confidence between the posts.
Ledley King could have been one of the best defenders in the world.
This is the opinion of many football experts, manager Fabio Capello included, were it not for the debilitating recurring knee injury the Spurs defender and captain has had to nurse for the last two years.
In fact, despite just 240 appearances for Spurs over the past eleven years, King was recently named by supporters as the club's 25th best player ever. Despite his injury nightmares, he has recently signed a two-year contract extension at White Hart Lane.
Fabio Capello, to the surprise of many, named King in his provisional squad last week, after watching the skillful defender excel in 4 important league matches in 12 days.
The Italian will call on King if Rio Ferdinand's injury continues to cause problems and, as the Spurs player proved in the 2004 European Championship match against France, he is a man for the big occasion. Classy, composed, and imposing, King is a player to look out for in the later stages in particular.
Young wing wizard Aaron Lennon announced himself on the international stage last year with a sensational Man of the Match performance during England's 5-1 drubbing of fellow heavyweights Croatia.
Perhaps more surprising, however, was that it had taken Lennon so long to replicate his form on Tottenham's right wing on an international stage.
On several occasions, Lennon has proven that he can terrorize even the best defenders in the world with his searing pace, trickery, and attacking instincts. The likes of Patrice Evra in particular can testify to this in recent years.
Despite sustaining an injury over the New Year, Lennon has shown enough in his appearances for Spurs at the end of this season to persuade Capello to choose him ahead of Theo Walcott or James Milner on England's right, and his form is crucial to England's ability to unlock defences and counter-attack when under pressure.
When Spurs signed Dos Santos from Barcelona, it caused a big stir among fans.
How could a team like the Spurs attract a player such as Dos Santos, who had scored a hat-trick in his last La Liga appearance for La Blaugrana?
Yet, two years later, Dos Santos has found himself exiled to the Turkish League, struggling to make an impact for Galatasaray. Where did it all go wrong?
A succession of managers and poor results at the start of his Spurs career did not help the Mexican striker's chances to impress in England, but he has also been criticized for his attitude to training and his teamwork.
Perhaps better suited to the bigger pitches on which international football is played, Dos Santos has continued to shine for his country and was even named MVP of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
If Mexico is to progress pass the group stage, Dos Santos must show Harry Redknapp what Tottenham is missing by doing what he does best: getting the ball on the deck, attacking defenders and enjoying his football.
Earlier this month, a late Peter Crouch header earned Tottenham a 1-0 win away to Manchester City, a result which ensured the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time in its long, proud history.
It was not a goal of beauty--with Crouch, nothing really ever is--but, as has been the case for England on 20 occasions, the 6'7'' striker was in the right place at the right time and knew where the goal was.
Although England's key player Wayne Rooney insists that he is at his best when paired with Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey, most England fans would prefer to see Crouch start upfront for their country.
Not only does the former Liverpool striker enjoy far more success in front of goal than Heskey, but he also can offer Capello and the team important aerial qualities in both attack and defense. His touch and skill levels are also superior to Heskey or Darren Bent's.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto: left-back, Cameroon
Sebastian Bassong: centre-back, Cameroon
Michael Dawson: centre back, England
Jermain Defoe: centre forward, England
Tom Huddlestone: centre midfield, England
WIlson Palacios: centre midfield, Honduras
Giovani Dos Santos