Steve McClaren has promised England's players will have shaken off their World Cup hangover and be ready to fight for their European Championship lives in the new year.
McClaren estimates that some of England's stars will take up to six months to get over their quarter-final exit in Germany.
The dip in form experienced by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, plus the injury absences of Gary Neville and Joe Cole were major factors behind England's disastrous October double-header.
A home draw with Macedonia, followed by defeat in Croatia has put England's place at Euro 2008 at risk and a further loss in Israel when the qualifying campaign resumes in March is bound to result in further calls for McClaren's head.
However, the man who succeeded Sven-Goran Erikssonhas insisted his star names will be flying next spring. "When their backs are against the wall, British players all have the same attitude," he said.
"They will fight right to the end. That is when they come to the fore and that is what we have to do because we have to get back into that major finals arena again."
Although he accepts the majority of the nation felt badly let down by England's performances during a desperately disappointing World Cup campaign, McClaren felt the manner of their eventual exit - on penalties to Portugal after an heroic performance by ten men following Rooney's dismissal - hit the players hard. And he does not believe it is any surprise that many of them have struggled this season.
"The World Cup was a massive disappointment," said McClaren. "You speak to anybody who plays for their national team and they will tell you that is the biggest disappointment of all.
"Yes, they can lose big Champions League games for their clubs but to lose with England is a bigger disappointment and the hangover was huge.
"Because we had such high expectations, to be brought crashing back down to earth like that took us some time to recover."
McClaren can certainly see a brighter future ahead for the Three Lions, not least because of the Under-21s' two-legged win over Germany which brought qualification for this summer's European Championships.
"I am delighted with the talent coming through," he said. "It is unbelievable that we never lost a game at the World Cup, yet went out on penalties in the quarter-finals.
"Now we need to make sure we qualify for the next tournament because we have to go those one or two steps further."