Much of the home nations’ interest during this international break has been doom and gloom, with both Scotland and Ireland failing to impress in their respective games thus far.
Scotland were dealt one of the most embarrassing defeats in the history of the national side when they lost 3-0 away to Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, before then labouring to a 2-0 win over minnows San Marino on Sunday evening.
As for Ireland, they managed to narrowly edge past Gibraltar in a 1-0 win away from home last time out, being an extremely underwhelming start to life under Mick McCarthy for a second time.
Such results have been the continuation of great apathy towards the respective teams, with fans particularly unimpressed and unentertained by the quality of football on show from the best players their countries have to offer.
The same certainly can’t be said of Wales, who again showed that there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the future under Ryan Giggs heading into Euro 2020. Though they missed out on qualification to the World Cup, this qualifying campaign looks set to be the time where the next generation of players are well and truly blooded into the system.
Still lead by Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey - who missed the Slovakia win through injury - there is a new young and exciting supporting cast for the pair ahead of this campaign, all of whom are continuing to get better with each passing appearance.