Failure would cost 'billions'
England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland in the next seven days and Roy Hodgson knows the price of failure would be high.
But it would not just be the England manager who would be feeling the heat if they trip up on the road to Brazil, the economy would also take a multi-billion pound hit, according to a leading financial expert.
David Bick told Sky Sports News: "It's been estimated very recently by one of the major retail groups that it will cost the economy something in the region of £2-3 billion if England don't qualify.
"That affects certain parts of the economy, and it's not a huge sum in terms of the whole economy, but it is still not a small sum.
"It affects particular groups. A lot of the ladies who don't tune into football normally tune in en masse for the World Cup. Alcohol and sales of beer go up, barbecue sales get a lift and sales of TV go up; it's good news for the airlines and the retailers generally. If England are not there, all that literally disappears.
Success for the national team has far-reaching consequences for the whole country, not just the economy, according to Bick.
"It's bad news for everybody if England don't qualify," he added. "First, they will take a large support to any major tournament. It will have a clouding effect, and we should not underestimate the effect on national morale if we don't get through and do well.
"If we get through to Brazil and then do well then even the government will be taking credit as they prepare for the election in 2015.
"So it has an impact across the piece. It has a general knock-on effect. If people feel good, then they spend more."