There will be pride but no nerves in Oslo tonight when England's 13th post-War manager leads the Three Lions into battle for the first time.
Roy Hodgson was not many people's first-choice for the role when Fabio Capello unexpectedly quit in February.
Most thought the job would go to Harry Redknapp, largely due to his recent impressive stints at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
In comparison, Hodgson's time in England, whilst impressive in latter years during spells with Fulham and West Brom, is chiefly remembered for the difficult periods he endured at Blackburn and Liverpool.
At Anfield, he was operating with the considerable shadow of Kenny Dalglish looming over him and subsequent events on Merseyside have added a positive gloss to his six months at the club.
It is that 17 months at Ewood Park that pains the 64-year-old most, though, dismissed in the November of his second season, amid rumours of dressing room unrest, with Rovers bottom of the table, a position from which they would not escape.
Hodgson ended up back at Inter Milan for a second spell, then went off to leading Swiss outfit Grasshoppers, continuing a nomadic career path that had taken him to 19 destinations, including three national jobs, before the Football Association made their approach less than four weeks ago.
No-one could accuse Hodgson of ducking big decisions.
He dumped Rio Ferdinand fairly unceremoniously and has also spurned three opportunities to pick Manchester City's Micah Richards given the defender was omitted from his 23-man squad, plus the standby list before being ignored when Martin Kelly was called up as cover for Glen Johnson on Tuesday.
Then the pre-tournament training camp to Spain, initially put in place by Capello and tweaked by Stuart Pearce was scrapped and Wayne Rooney and the Chelsea Champions League contingent were given additional time off.
It means by the time England face France in that Group D opener in Donetsk on June 11, they will have had only 12 training sessions as any sort of group.
Hodgson believes his experience means he should trust his "gut instinct".