On Feb. 6, 2008, England played their first game under the reign of Fabio Capello against Switzerland.
Excitement was in the air as the disciplinarian Italian was seen as the answer to a nation's prayers.
His forceful nature would be a breath of fresh air and the exact right motivation for a group of players who were spoiled and allowed into a comfort zone.
Over two years on, and times have changed. Capello has taken a post-World Cup beating and needs a win in Basel to put a band aid on the current mood of the nation regarding its football team.
It will not come easy, Switzerland are difficult to beat and were the only nation to beat World Cup winners Spain at this summer's tournament.
A road qualifier against a disciplined Swiss side will be a true test for England, and it will take a good performance to come with any points.
Here, we look at some of the key match ups that will impact the result of the game.