As they say, you can only beat what’s in front of you – and that’s just what England did, with bells on, against San Marino on Monday.
It wasn’t football as we know it, with Gareth Southgate’s men absolutely hammering FIFA’s lowest ranked team in the world 10-0.
Frankly, it could have been even worse for the tiny republic in the World Cup Qualifier that confirms our place in Qatar next year.
It was very odd watching on Monday and wondering just how many goals we’d chalk up. Even with the changes, and without reborn Harry Kane for much of the second half, the goals kept flowing.
The biggest problem for Southgate next year could well be finding starting places for stars such as Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
It’s going to be an interesting World Cup in Qatar for many reasons – while on the pitch I do think that, for once, we’ll be going into the tournament with our players fit and strong in November, rather than shattered at the end of a gruelling Premier League season.
Argentina look good value to me at 11/1 to be outright winners with Betfred – the same price as the nearly men of Belgium, who a bit like my beloved United have no shortage of star players but consistently don’t gel as a team.
Speaking of which, with the return of the Premier League, the Reds are 4/9 to win at lowly Watford on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo 9/4 to score the opening goal – while City are 1/7 to beat Everton at home, with Phil Foden and Grealish joint 7/2 favourites to notch the opener.
The odds clearly indicate it will be a three-horse race as fast-improving West Ham are as big as 40/1, ahead of Arsenal at 66/1 – and as for United, they continue to drift from 5/1 a couple of months ago to 80/1 today.
Switching sports and Lewis Hamilton produced arguably the drive of his life to win the Brazilian Grand Prix at the weekend – and that’s put him amongst the front-runners in the race to be crowned the next BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The public vote for the award takes place next month and Hamilton, who came from number 10 on the grid to triumph in Brazil on Sunday, has been cut into 20/1 with Betfred to win the award.
He’s still way behind the new superstar of British tennis, Emma Raducanu, who remains the big favourite at 1/16.
In second place is Olympic gold medal-winning diver Tom Daley, at 14/1.
I’ve got to say, it’s looking very much like a three-horse race between that trio, for we have Manchester boxer Tyson Fury, who of course won that incredible trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder this year, drifting out to 40/1.
Meanwhile, I noticed the other day that Warrington Wolves and our other Betfred Super League clubs have resumed training this week and I saw a clip of George Williams talking about his ambitions for the new season.
It will be ex-Wigan Warrior Williams’ first full Betfred Super League campaign with the Wire after joining from Canberra Raiders – and whether or not the club succeeds will, to a degree, rest on how successful he is.
He reckons he thrives on the big occasion, and that he’s aiming for a successful season with the Wolves that will hopefully see him play for his country in the World Cup.