Roy Hodgson has warned his England players there will have to be a significant improvement against Germany on Tuesday night or they could risk another demoralising defeat in their penultimate game before he has to pick his World Cup squad.
Hodgson believes England must "brush ourselves down" from the disappointing performance against Chile to avoid another chastening experience against a side he expects to ask "massive questions" of his own team.
However, the England manager also insisted he had not lost confidence in his squad as they prepare to face a team he considers to be one of the favourites for next summer's tournament.
"I am not prepared after one defeat to Chile to suggest that all the things we have been trying to do have been thrown out of the window," he said. "I can point to quite a few talented players who I have to bring back into the team.
"The defeat has hurt us, and it's one that will teach us a lot, but I am not prepared to go down that very clear philosophical route that we aren't moving in the right direction and we don't have the players who can do what Germany have done."
Hodgson will bring Joe Hart back into goal, while Ashley Cole will return to the team and Steven Gerrard will take back the captain's armband from Frank Lampard. Phil Jagielka, now established as a first-choice centre-half, will be back in defence and Daniel Sturridge will also feature as Hodgson selects a team that recognises this is not a game for wholesale experimentation.
Joachim Löw, the Germany manager, has said he will not use Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil and Philipp Lahm, but Hodgson is acutely aware it represents another difficult test for his team, having been booed at the end of the Chile match.
"I am sure the players will be beating themselves up, like we all do, because that's what defeats do to you, but it's important they don't beat themselves up too much and keep a sense of perspective.
"They have only a couple of days to get up, brush themselves down and get going again and that is what I am expecting from them.
"We are not prepared to fool ourselves that there weren't negatives, things that could be an awful lot better, but that was an England team with a lot of players who did not have a lot of international experience. I am pretty sure that all of the 11 who go out on Tuesday will be anxious to show they are every bit as good as Germany and that is what I believe they will be."
Hodgson, clearly trying to maintain England's confidence levels, has only one further match, when Denmark visit Wembley on 5 March, before he has to decide which players go to Brazil and the Chile game made it clear it is still a work in progress.
"Chile caught us by surprise with the way they played," Wayne Rooney said. "They showed us how South American teams play, and it was difficult to get near them. Germany will be more like a Premier League game. We should be ready for that and, if we can beat them, it's always good for confidence. It's nice to beat anyone but especially the Germans."
The problem for England is that Rooney and various others said similar things in the last World Cup. "That was a typical German game," Rooney now says. "One minute we could have been 2-2, the next minute we were 4-1 down."
Germany, as Hodgson acknowledged, have realistic credentials of becoming the first European team to win a World Cup in South America. "All the praise that is heaped on them, I think, is deserved," the manager he said. "They are really a very good team. Since 2006 and the World Cup they have spent those eight years very fruitfully to put this team together and now, despite the fact that they are not particularly old, they have a lot of players who are used to playing with each other and have experienced a lot of success in the major tournaments.
"They will be coming here with enormous confidence in themselves and they are going to ask massive questions of us. I can only hope that we have brushed ourselves down and are ready to take them on."