Not wondering which rather esoteric story the manager is planning to tell at half-time in the hope his players might pass the ball more to their winger. Nor worrying about whether the team hotel in Rio is a little too close to a notorious favela. Nor even concerning ourselves about the cost of a Big Mac in Brazil (currently £5, which no-one could confuse with cheap).
No, what Tuesday’s result has freed us to do is the most entertaining of all speculation: we can do Roy Hodgson's job for him and pick the squad he should take.
Over the next six months there will be plenty of lists drawn up. Hodgson may well have the shallowest talent pool of any of his predecessors from which to pick, given as few as 35 potential candidates currently ply their trade in the Premier League. But nonetheless there is room for endless discussion about the 23 he should take. So let’s get on with it.
Were the squad to leave tomorrow, we can safely say the following would be on the plane: Hart, Foster, Johnson, Walker, Baines, Cole, Jones, Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka, Gerrard, Carrick, Wilshere, Walcott, Townsend, Welbeck, Sturridge, Rooney and Lambert.
Which leaves four from this lot to be added: Ruddy, Forster, Lescott, Lampard, Cleverley, Milner, Barry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Morrison, Osman, Huddlestone, Lennon and Carroll.
Given the way he started the season, it seems the only way Ashley Young would make the flight is if he gained his pilot’s licence and took the controls. And, at this point, though he may yet score 20 goals and put himself in the mix come the end of May, it is too early for Saido Berahino. Plus – excellent as they are - Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs are hamstrung by the fact theirs is the one position in the team in which the manager really faces abundance.
That is basically Hodgson’s choice: pick four from that lot. It is not the most elevated of selections. Most of the quartet won’t get a game. Certainly the third keeper - unless he makes the same sort of hash of choosing a goalie that his predecessor did in South Africa - can assume they will simply be going along for the sight-seeing opportunity.
In which case he might as well take Fraser Forster: the experience of carrying the water and picking up the cones will be more usefully applied to someone who might actually become the number one choice eventually, rather than someone who – unless the team is struck down by mass food poisoning – will never get a game.
So that leaves us three to choose. Personally, I wouldn’t take Lescott. True, the defence – particularly in the middle – is England’s weakest component. But does Lescott really add any hint of security? Maybe if he had an extended run out this season for his club, he might play himself back into the form he showed during City’s championship-winning season. But right now he looks devoid of confidence and stability. He would add nothing to back line. So it would be better to reinforce options further up the field.
My three would be Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lampard and Ravel Morrison. If Hodgson were Brazilian, there wouldn’t even be debate about the first of those three: the Arsenal man would go. He scored a belter of a goal, remember, when England drew in the Maracana last June and has demonstrated in his occasional appearances for the national side that he shares Townsend and Sturridge’s lack of fear when it comes to slipping on an England shirt.
Hodgson, though, isn’t Brazilian. I suspect in what is effectively a straight choice with Milner and Lennon, the coach, never known as a student of the reckless, is more likely to go with the reliability of the City player.
Where my thinking is probably more likely to coincide with Hodgson’s is over Lampard. His level of experience and professionalism is not easily discarded. This is a player who knows what to do, even if his legs are no longer quite as proficient at achieving it. Around the camp he would provide a solid, mature, grounded presence.
Which leads us to Morrison, a player with whom adjectives like solid, mature and grounded have never yet been associated. But what he does have is an ability to turn a game with a daring dribble. There has not been an England midfielder since Paul Gascoigne as direct in his purpose. Plus he knows how to score a goal. Twenty minutes from him could turn a match. And such a skill – however careless its owner – cannot be lightly ignored.
Whatever Hodgson does, whether his choice is daring or conservative, he will be upbraided. He has very little room for manoeuvre. Nevertheless the opinions about how he should negotiate even that tiny space will be endlessly offered. It is going to be a noisy six months. That is one of the cheerier prizes of qualification.