To use the paper's own phrase, the issue encapsulates "what it means to be English in our culture and our history, and in our blood and our bones."
The initiative, which I believe to be the first of its kind, is also a subtle nod to the enduring joys of newsprint. It is "a timely reminder of why newspapers still matter so much in all our lives" and is also an assault on "cynics who do not believe the newspaper industry has a place in our digital world."
The Sun's blurb states: "We all turn to newspapers when our heads and hearts are all consumed by exactly the same thing. When a nation thinks and feels as one, we need our newspaper."
Indeed, the anonymous blurb writer deserves a credit for the purple prose that follows:
"We also celebrating ourselves — the small, rain-lashed country that is behind those three lions on that white shirt. This England. Our England.
Our history. Our food. And 2,000 years of English heroes, including everyone from Wellington to Robbie Williams...
We understand what it means to be English. We get it. This is the nation of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem, but it is also the land of Vindaloo by Fat Les — the best World Cup anthem of all time."
Anyway, back to brass tacks. The content includes advice to England's manager Roy Hodgson by James Corden; Blur's Alex James on English and South American cuisine; and chief football writer Steven Howard looking back at England's 1966 heroes. And, naturally enough, there is a lot more about football.
It is, of course, a massive promotional exercise. As The Sun's editor,David Dinsmore, concedes: "We are keen to show all of England just what Sun readers enjoy every day."
But it must be costing a small fortune and is further proof that both The Sun of 2014 and its publisher, News UK, are determined to put the past behind them.
And what better opportunity are they ever going to get than in doing so as the nation prepares, yet again, to dream of footballing success.
For the record, The Sun's special edition will not be delivered in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and to most of Merseyside, where a very different footballing memory involving the paper cannot be eradicated.
Postal workers in west Lancashire will not be made to deliver free promotional copies of The Sun, the Royal Mail said.
The paper has agreed not to distribute the issues in Liverpool because of the continued anger at the way it reported the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy.
It is understood six members of staff in Skelmersdale were at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster.
Postal workers said they were "pleased" after Royal Mail said refusals would be considered on a case by case basis.
The Sun has started a nationwide giveaway of more than 20m copies of a special free mini-issue across England ending on Friday, with the exception of Merseyside, to tie in with the start of the World Cup.
Postal workers said they would walk out if they were made to deliver the paper, when they discovered copies would be delivered in the WN8 postcode area.
After their concerns were raised to Royal Mail, it said it would consider actions by workers on a case by case basis.