Steven Gerrard is desperate to avoid another night of qualification heartbreak when England take on Poland in Tuesday's crunch match at Wembley.
England may have beaten Montenegro convincingly on Friday, but that will count for nothing if they drop points against the Poles.
A win will guarantee England automatic qualification to the World Cup in Brazil, but, with second-placed Ukraine expected to beat San Marino, anything less and they will be condemned to a tricky play-off that could see them pitted against France.
Gerrard has the misfortune of being one of the four current members of the England squad who played in a similar game six years ago.
On a miserable, soaking wet night at Wembley, England needed a point against Croatia to make it to the Euro 2008, but the visitors won 3-2.
Instead of challenging for the trophy in Austria and Switzerland, England's players went away thinking what might have been and they also had to endure playing in drab friendlies against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago.
Gerrard will take the feeling of disappointment that followed that defeat to the grave with him, and he certainly does not want to go through the same experience on Tuesday night.
``That Croatia game is one of those that you are never ever going to be able to eject from your mind and that is why it's so important to seize this moment and look back at the Poland game with fond memories,'' the England captain said.
``Fortunately that was a long time ago, let's hope we don't experience something similar on Tuesday.''
Unlike in 2007, England at least have the play-offs to fall back if they finish second in their group.
But anyone who regards the play-offs as a 'safety net' should be reminded that even though England would be seeded for the two-legged games in November, they could still be pitted against France.
It is no surprise, therefore, that Gerrard wants to get the job done this week.
``None of the players have mentioned the play-offs,'' the Liverpool midfielder said.
``We want to seize this opportunity. We want to win. The play-offs are a safety net but the lads want to get the job done and finish it off in style in front of our supporters.''
Poland go into the match with little to play for as they can no longer finish in the top two, but they are nevertheless set to be backed by a massive 18,000 following at Wembley and coach Waldemar Fornalik has confirmed that will provide additional motivation for his side.
``It will be a significant impact to have so many fans in the stands,'' he said.
``Polish fans have a track record of lifting the team in good times and bad.''
Despite the presence of three members of the Borussia Dortmund side that started the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich in May - captain Jakub Blaszczykowski, currently injured defender Lukasz Piszczek and brilliant striker Robert Lewandowski - Poland have failed to make an impact in Group H.
Yet they suffered only their second defeat in nine matches in Ukraine on Friday and drew with England when the two sides met in a delayed encounter in Warsaw 12 months ago.
``We are all very unhappy at not qualifying but that is how it is,'' said Blaszczykowski.
``We have not scored enough goals despite creating many chances, and have drawn too many matches, most after single mistakes.''
It means all Poland have left now is to salvage some pride at England's expense, whilst also carving out a piece of history to go alongside the 1973 Wembley epic in which they denied Sir Alf Ramsey's team a place at the following year's World Cup in Germany.
``That game in 1973 has a very important place in our history,'' said Blaszczykowski.
``People still talk about it now.
``It would be exciting to be part of history ourselves by get a good result tomorrow as well.''