The hopes of the nation were subsided as we entered the 2014 World Cup, as most fans accepted that this was an England side that was still experimenting.
But with the bar set lower, fans still felt hard done by as the Three Lions were knocked out even before playing their last group game - something that wasn't achieved previously in decades.
Lack of foreign experience
The main problem that England were faced with wasn't because of the youth or the lack of experience, but the fact that all but one of the 23-man squad play in the Premier League.
With all of our outfield players competing in the English top-flight and none of them adding something different learned in a foreign league, success will be hard to achieve.
If you look at the four semi-finalists in Brazil, none of the squads contained players all competing in the same league. And when you look at the winning Germany lineup, it consisted of players from the Bundesliga, Serie A and the Premier League.
Nonetheless, England's future squads look very capable of challenging the top teams and with Ashley Cole having recently joined Serie A runners-up Roma, young England players may not be intimidated by playing abroad and may follow in the former international's footsteps.