Thatcher was famously called the iron lady, but which other political leaders have been given her nickname?
Which country’s leaders have lasted the longest? Does Angela Merkel get the top spot?
Given how low the bar was when Gareth Southgate came in, the first thing he had to achieve to be able to point to progress was avoid becoming embroiled in a national scandal or humiliation.
The most remarkable statistic attached to this victory is that England, for all their traumas and intermittent crises, have now gone 34 matches since they last experienced defeat in a qualifying match.
Gareth Southgate handed the stage to the player at his side when it came down to dissecting more precisely the advice and guidance offered up by Eddie Jones on Friday night.
Jermain Defoe is poised to represent his country for the first time in almost three and a half years as Gareth Southgate seeks to prise apart Lithuania’s attempts at stubborn defence and maintain England’s leadership of Group F.
Gareth Southgate had a heated exchange with Theo Walcott on Thursday morning, after phoning the Arsenal forward to say he had dropped him from the England squad for the matches against Germany and Lithuania.
Given the extent to which soundbites have shaped popular perception of Gordon Strachan, there is something poetic about such utterances now appearing at the root of his undoing.
This is ominously familiar for Scotland. The failure to defeat Lithuania at home conjured memories of disastrous qualifying campaigns from the recent past. More alarming than the result itself, perhaps, was the later assessment of Gordon Strachan.