England have become the sixth team to enjoy a perfect record in the European Championship qualifiers.
On Monday, Roy Hodgson's young side completed a run of 10 straight wins after cruising past Lithuania 3-0.
But such a brilliant record does not equate to success in the finals, as countries which previously had a 100 per cent record in qualifying eventually floundered on the big stage.
Here is a look at those teams that had a spotless record in the European Championship qualifying and what happened next for them.
1. France (1992)
Les Bleus, then coached by current Uefa chief Michel Platini, stormed through Group 1 of their qualifiers with eight consecutive wins, beating the likes of Spain and Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).
The flamboyant French team then boasted attacking flair in the shape of Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin and goalscoring defender Laurent Blanc.
But at the finals, France were booted out in the group stage after a miserable tournament that saw them draw twice (against England and hosts Sweden) and losing to Denmark, who went on a fairytale run to beat Germany in the final.
2. Czech Republic (2000)
The Czechs had an abundance of attacking talent in 2000 and they displayed their might in a flawless qualifying campaign with 10 wins out of 10.
Then, players such as Pavel Nedved, Vladimir Smicer and Jan Koller ran riot as the Eastern Europeans netted 26 times and conceded a miserly five goals.
But at the finals co-hosted in Belgium and the Netherlands, the Czechs had to board an early flight home after finishing third in their group after losses to the Netherlands and France and that brilliant crop of attackers never had an international trophy to show for all their talent.
3. France (2004)
The French once again had the pleasure of a perfect qualifying campaign (10 straight wins) but experienced pain later in the finals hosted in Portugal.
With quality oozing throughout in the shape of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, Les Bleus breezed through qualifying with 29 goals scored and just two conceded.
They got out of their group at the finals and were favoured to beat unfancied Greece in the quarter-finals but it turned out to be a tragedy for Zidane and Co. when the Greeks stunned them 1-0 en route to lifting the Henri Delaunay trophy against all odds.
4. Germany and Spain (2012)
Under master tactician Joachim Loew, Germany cruised to a qualifying campaign that was a perfect 10, as they steamrollered teams like Turkey and Belgium, scoring 34 and conceding just seven.
Things continued to look bright for the Mannschaft in the finals co-hosted in Poland and the Ukraine when Loew's men thumped Greece 4-2 in the last eight.
However, Germany's juggernaut, which had stars like Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm, broke down as one of football's old curse struck again in the semi-finals.
The Germans have never beaten Italy in a competitive fixture and it duly happened again as the Azzurri, aided by a brace from Mario Balotelli, won 2-1.
Spain, on the other hand, are the only team who have been able to carry their perfect qualifying form to the big occasion.
Vicente Del Bosque's men had a relatively easy group, swatting aside sides like Scotland and Lithuania.
And they translated that imperious form in the finals, winning their group before eliminating France in the quarters and Portugal in the semis.
But the Spaniards, with that golden crop of players like Xavi, David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso, demolished the Italians in a 4-0 victory that demonstrated the full power of tiki-taka football.