Roy Hodgson's men have impressed en route to France, powering their way to 10 wins from as many games to become the only side to book qualification with a 100 percent record.
There are plenty of signs there to suggest England can greatly improve on their dismal display at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - the last major international competition they entered.
And there is no better way to rubber-stamp that belief than securing victory in the opening encounter - something England have never managed to do in the competition's history.
England's first ever European Championship finals affair ended in a 1-0 defeat thanks to Yugoslavia's Dragan Dzajic and since then they have never managed to break their opening match hoodoo.
The Three Lions have taken part in a further seven European Championships since 1968 but victory has evaded them in each of their opening contests, drawing four times while suffering three defeats.
A key statistic that crops up when looking at England's opening game record is that every time they have scored in a particular match, they have done so first and never managed to hold on to earn that all-important, history-making victory.
From racing into a two-goal lead thanks to Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman only to lose 3-2 to Portugal in 2000, to Zinedine Zidane scoring a last-gasp double to cancel out Frank Lampard in 2004, failure to keep the back door shut when in front has haunted England to date.