The ludicrous expansion of the Championships to 24 teams means the Three Lions can finish third in their group and still make it through.
And, with six points surely coming in these two games against opponents ranked 208th and 81st respectively, there would seem to be very little to get excited about.
Just as much was admitted by head coach Roy Hodgson at the start of the season when he said: "We'll find it hard to bring attendances back because the opponents we're playing won't excite the public."
Hodgson was speaking after a 1-0 friendly win over Norway only attracted 40,181 fans to the National Stadium. The crowd for San Marino is not expected to be much higher.
Of course, not all of this is the fault of England or the Football Association.
Part of the reason for the low crowd will be down to the intolerably tedious nature of these qualifiers, as organised by UEFA.
Meanwhile, another UEFA initiative for Euro 2016 has been to spread the qualifiers out in a 'Week of Football' - naturally, all geared towards the television audience.
But kick-offs on midweek evenings are not much good for England fans living far outside of the radius of the M25.
Here, then, is where the FA should step in by taking some of the national team's matches back up north.
After all, the atmosphere of around 40-50,000 in Anfield or St James Park would be immeasurably better than the lost cries of a few rattling voices in a half-empty Wembley.
There is also the desperate need for the England team to reconnect to all of its supporters, including those in the north, following the drab World Cup exit - and matches outside the capital would, at least, be a start.
Sadly, this is not going to happen any time soon. The £757m debt incurred from building Wembley means the Three Lions are committed to play all of their home games at the stadium for the next eight or nine years.
But, surely a restructuring of the repayments could be considered if such an arrangement allowed England to go on tour every now and then.
For every now and then is all it would be - as I am not actually against the National Stadium.
Indeed, I personally admire the redesign of Wembley and its impressive arch - coincidentally, one of the first London landmarks that can be seen from the north on the M1.
It is just as clear, though, that the growing divide between the capital and the rest of the country has already also seeped into perceptions of the national team.
"London FC", a derisive Twitter nickname for the national team, is beginning to stick, no matter how many players from Liverpool or other northern teams are in the squad.
Meanwhile, the regular and unseemly sight of the empty Club Wembley seats near the tunnel can only cause a further disconnect.
And so, while England are already in no peril of missing out on a place at Euro 2016, the Football Association seems to be playing its own dangerous game with its failure to engage the whole of the nation.
Yes, London proudly stands one of the world's most important cities - but England always has been, and always should be about more than its capital.
MATCHDAY TWO FIXTURES
09-Oct Group C, Group E, Group G
10-Oct Group A, Group B, Group H
11-Oct Group D, Group F, Group I
MATCHDAY THREE FIXTURES
12-Oct Group C, Group E, Group G
13-Oct Group A, Group B, Group H
14-Oct Group D, Group F, Group I
GROUP A Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan
GROUP B Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra
|13-Oct||19:45||Andorra||1-4||Israel||Andorra la Vella|
GROUP C Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Luxembourg
GROUP D Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar
|11-Oct||17:00||Republic of Ireland||7-0||Gibraltar||Dublin|
|14-Oct||19:45||Germany||1-1||Republic of Ireland||Gelsenkirchen|
GROUP E England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino
GROUP F Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands
|11-Oct||19:45||Northern Ireland||2-0||Faroe Islands||Belfast|
GROUP G Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein
GROUP H Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta
GROUP I Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania, [France]