Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard decided to call it a day shortly after England’s forgettable World Cup campaign. For many years these two midfield maestro’s were the first names on any Three Lions manager’s team sheet.
It was going to take a colossal job to rebuild the faith of the fans which had been torn apart dramatically in Brazil, after finishing rock-bottom in a group which many tipped England to progress at least to the last 16.
Since then England have turned over a new leaf and are well on their way to qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals in France - so far it's four games and four victories after hard-fought wins over Switzerland, Estonia and convincing victories over Slovenia and whipping boys San Marino.
Also in a recent friendly victory against fierce rivals Scotland, England played some excellent football under manager Roy Hodgson.
Not many people can complain about the football that Hodgson has got the national team playing, with fluent passing, pressurising the opponents and sharp defending.
Surely the England side cannot be that bad, with Andrea Pirlo saying after the World Cup that Raheem Sterling was “England’s standout player” when he’s only a teenager.
Also Ross Barkley, who has giants Manchester City sniffing round him ready to make a big money move. These two players are well on their way to becoming first team regulars for England in many years to come.
With the inclusion of some exciting new players: Nathaniel Clyne, Calum Chambers, John Stones and Saido Berainho in recent matches, after impressive performances for Southampton, Arsenal, Everton and West Brom respectively.
The biggest problem England face is international players coming to the Premier League, which means no space for young English talent in first team squad and limited to the odd cup match every three or four months.
More games needed
The Football Association need to introduce a system where on matchdays teams have to name a certain amount of English players, this system could help nurture young English talent.
England always has the capability because it's such a big nation with the biggest support behind them, but when it comes down to performing on the big stage they seem to get stage fright, as shown since England last won a trophy on their own soil 48 years ago.
Even though there are teams out there that are much better than England on paper, they certainly have the quality to upset a few bookies in the next four years.