England and Germany will only play for pride when the two European giants round off League A Group 3 in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley Stadium on Monday night.
Still winless after five games in League A Group 3, Southgate's side have now failed to score in three successive matches for the first time since 2000, and their solitary goal in the tournament so far has been a Harry Kane penalty - simply unacceptable for a footballing nation of this calibre.
To say that morale will be at a low point going into the World Cup would be a significant understatement, and the Three Lions boss did not do himself any favours with the #SouthgateOut brigade by claiming that Friday's performance was a "step in the right direction".
A five-game winless streak for the first time in 2014 and failure to score from open play in 495 minutes can hardly be seen as a step in the right direction for England, but a return to Wembley is just what the doctor ordered, as the Euro 2020 runners-up are unbeaten in 15 games at their headquarters - winning 13 of them.
England and Germany would have been expected to be involved in a tense three-way battle for top spot in League A Group 3, but Hungary are now riding off into the sunset after prevailing 1-0 against Hansi Flick's side while the Three Lions were quelled in Italy.