England expects - and Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms will be aiming to deliver when they begin their Yonex All England Championship campaign against Japan's Shuichi Nakao and Aki Akao this afternoon.
They delighted the National Indoor Arena crowd when they won the mixed doubles crown to follow their 2004 Olympic Games silver medal and the English No 1s are anxious to again savour the atmosphere created by a 5,000 sell-out crowd.
"The biggest thing I remember from last year was the sheer craziness around the arena," Emms said. "Everybody was so full of enthusiasm. Everyone's reaction was amazing.
"It was the first time we had played in England since the Olympics and everyone was saying 'well done'. Everybody was so happy for us when we won the final - that was the best feeling."
The titleholders are seeded only three after Robertson turned his ankle before the world championships in August, needed a two-month lay-off and lost ranking points.
It means a tougher route through the competition, though they are in form after retaining their Swiss Open title two weeks ago.