Just yesterday, in-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge - who netted 21 goals and provided seven assists from 26 Premier League starts - said that he intended to approach the FIFA World Cup tournament with England with a smile on his face, playing with enthusiasm and to remind himself to absorb every moment.
England may well be unencumbered by pressure because, as of yet, there is little hype surrounding the prospects of the Three Lions. They are, after all, drawn into Group D - a tough selection of nations consisting of potentially problematic Costa Rica, fearsome Uruguay and experienced Italy.
Indeed, it is the latter who will be most desperate to wipe the smiles off of any English faces on Saturday, June 14 as the Azzurri and Roy Hodgson's men collide for their debut outing in Brazil.
Head coach Cesar Prandelli will instruct his Italians to slay England in their first match as it "is important to take three points from [the] first game and in the process beat a strong team."
In order to do so, Prandelli may well lean on three key men, photographed above during a recent training session at Italy's current base in Coverciano, Florence.
Italy have one of the strongest spines in world football as their goal is guarded by renowned captain Gianluca Buffon (pictured above, bottom), with added protection from centre back Giorgio Chiellini (middle). Andrea Pirlo and Daniele de Rossi represent two of a likely three-man midfield while former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli (top) will be tasked with the spearheading striker role.