The World Cup draw last week filled some fans, like myself, with joy at playing against some decent teams in the Group Stage and others with dread - because we all know Uruguay and Italy are better than us at the moment.
Then, Luis Suarez went and scored six goals in two games - just to remind us all just how special a player he is.
It has left England fans fearing the worst - especially as Uruguay will also have home continent advantage in Brazil.
There is always hope, for all his masterful artistry and effortless ability he is a loose cannon. He might bite an opponent, attack a referee, punch a baby … you get the point.
But barring an act of madness the only thing standing between Luis Suarez and the back of Joe Hart’s goal-net next summer would seem to be injury.
Remember when Aldo Duscher mutilated the previously unheard of metatarsal of David Beckham in 2002.
Duscher the Argentine just before a World Cup where England, for whom Beckham was then the star player, had been drawn against … Argentina.
Everyone was thinking it - did he hit him hard on purpose. Of course not, Duscher was known throughout his career as ‘The Butcher’ - everyone got hit hard, that was the Aldo way.
But would an Englishman consider paying a little more attention to Luis Suarez before the cup.
The best opportunity would fall at the feet of Gary Cahill. Chelsea take on Liverpool on the 26th April - with just two games left in the season afterwards.
Cahill - as well as John Terry - will surely be going in a little stronger than usual when they face up against the man hotly tipped to send England home early.
Then again, probably not.
Football has changed a lot. When was the last time you saw two teams side by side in the tunnel refusing to talk to one another, like Vieira v Keane of old?
It doesn’t happen anymore, it is all handshakes and hugs, Instagram and ‘how’s the missus?’
Usually I don’t like that sort of stuff - but if it is the sort of respect that might stop another professional deliberately trying to injure another I am all for it.
But don’t take it easy on him either now, will you Gary.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald