The Three Lions enjoyed an unforgettable 2018 and will now be looking to build on those foundations in their first match of 2019.
Rarely in recent memory have England gone into their opening match of a calendar year with such optimism amongst both the players and the supporters.
The summer of 2018 will not be forgotten in a hurry, with the Three Lions getting all the way to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and they went on to beat both Spain and Croatia to a place in the Nations League finals as well.
That is now in the past, but captain Harry Kane insists that 2019 can prove to be even more special if England win the Nations League in June, giving them their first international silverware since the 1966 World Cup.
England's success in the Nations League means that they are guaranteed at least a playoff spot in Euro 2020 regardless of their performance during the group stages, but Gareth Southgate will not want to use this summer's tournament as a fall-back option.
The Three Lions have been drawn alongside Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A - a pool they should have little trouble topping considering they are ranked fifth in the world, while the next highest-ranked team are Friday's opponents in 44th.
England have grown used to playing higher-calibre opposition, with 10 of their last 11 matches coming against teams currently ranked in the world's top 15.
With the tag of heavy favourites comes a different type of pressure, though, and it is one which past England teams have struggled to cope with at times.
Spain are the only visiting team to have beaten England at Wembley for almost three years, though, and Southgate's side go into Friday's match with four wins and no defeats in their last five outings.
A trip to Montenegro awaits after this Group A opener in what will be England's last outing before the Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands, and anything less than six points from six in this upcoming double-header would curb some of the renewed enthusiasm surrounding the national team.
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Once considered an emerging force in world football, Czech Republic have lost their way a little in recent years.
Unable to qualify for a World Cup since 2006 and eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2016 with just one point to their name, Jaroslav Silhavy has a serious job on his hands to ensure that they make it into the European Championships for a seventh successive edition since their reformation from Czechoslovakia.
The FIFA rankings suggest that they should be favourites to secure 'best of the rest' status behind England and therefore earn the second qualifying spot for next year's tournament.
However, Czech Republic finished four points behind Northern Ireland during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and could only manage second place behind Ukraine in their Nations League group last year.
England will be wary of the visitors pulling off a shock at Wembley, then, in what is the first of two high-profile games for the country with a home friendly against Brazil to follow on Tuesday.
Victory on Friday would see the Czechs pull off back-to-back away wins for the first time since November 2017, although last year they were beaten handsomely by the likes of Australia and Russia on the road.
Any points at Wembley would be an unexpected bonus for the visitors, but they will know that it is not the games against England which are most likely to determine their qualification fate.
Indeed, Silhavy may already have one eye on this summer's qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro - both of which come at home - as a chance to get a foot up in the battle for a top-two spot.
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Declan Rice is another potential debutant after switching his allegiances from the Republic of Ireland, although Jordan Henderson is likely to play in the holding midfield role should he recover from an ankle injury.
Kane will lead the line with Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling expected to be in support should Southgate stick with the 4-3-3 formation which brought England such success towards the end of last year.
The uncapped Alex Kral will be hopeful of making his debut as one of five Slavia Prague players in the squad.
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Keane, Rose; Alli, Henderson, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Rashford
Czech Republic possible starting lineup:
Vaclik; Gebre Selassie, Suchy, Kalas, Novak; Vydra, Dockal, Soucek, Zmrhal, Jankto; Schick
Head To Head
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides, but they have faced off twice before in international friendlies 10 years apart - both of which came at Wembley.
We say: England 2-0 Czech Republic
England should have enough about them to see off the threat of Czech Republic relatively comfortably. The Three Lions have always been strong at home and go into the game with the feelgood factor behind them too.
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