England fans' World Cup hopes are pinned on Roy Hodgson and his squad, but the Three Lions' massive backroom team could be equally important.
And a key man in the brains trust designed to give England the edge will be Chester native Mike Rigg, head of talent identification for the FA.
Rigg, who took his first steps onto the football ladder with Chester City, heads up England's scouting team in Brazil, analysing opponents and picking out weaknesses and then reporting back to Hodgson.
In addition, the Tarporley resident has put together a support hub at St George's Park that will provide detailed reports on every game in the tournament, gathering information that could prove crucial should Hodgson's men progress through the group stage.
Rigg told the FA website the national team would be 'leaving no stone unturned' and maintains focusing on even the smallest detail can make a real difference.
"In a lot of other sports we talk about marginal gains, our marginal gain is that there might just be one little aspect of a player’s game that is a chink in his armour," said the 45-year-old, who is involved with Deva Boxing Academy.
Rigg headed up the Football in the Community programme at Sealand Road in the 1980s, moving to Wrexham in a similar role before joining the FA of Wales, where he established a close friendship with ex-national team boss Mark Hughes.
Rigg moved to Sheffield Wednesday before Hughes took him to Blackburn Rovers as his chief scout and then to Manchester City.
Rigg was appointed technical director around the time the Abu Dhabi billions transformed the club, overseeing some of the biggest transfer deals in British football.
Rigg renewed his alliance with Hughes at Queens Park Rangers in 2012 but Hughes had been sacked within seven months and Rigg was put on gardening leave, taking up his post with the FA last September.
Rigg said the scouting missing in Brazil would have wider benefits for the FA, helping educate coaches and keeping England at the forefront of football.
He said: "The wider aspect of the work is how we can compile a report which we can use throughout the game that we can feed back into coach education, feedback into the FA Youth Coach Educator programme who are working with professional clubs.
"The report will look at current and hopefully future trends of the game."