ENGLAND - With two games to go, England sit at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.
They are a single point clear, they have a vastly superior goal difference and their final fixtures are both at Wembley.
Ordinarily, you might expect the English to be pleased with such a scenario.
Roy Hodgson certainly did. Instead, the mood is increasingly bleak.
England were abject in Kiev on Wednesday morning (Singapore time), mustering the goalless draw they required more by virtue of Ukraine's failings than their own abilities.
Kiev is, of course, a difficult place to play football. The fans are partisan and intimidating, and Ukraine are on a similar level to England.
Hodgson's team are not so packed with talent that a win there is a foregone conclusion.
But it was the style of the draw that was so depressing.