You couldn't exactly fault FA Chairman Greg Dyke for optimism when he declared that England would win the 2022 World Cup, back in 2013.
In fact, the governing body even decided to station a countdown clock to the tournament in Qatar at St. George's Park - a bizarre gimmick that has since been sheepishly removed.
As England failed to emerge from the group stages at the 2014 World Cup and bowed out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, the entire framework was scrapped.
Not before the Independent made a somewhat questionable prediction on what XI would supposedly lead the Three Lions to victory, however - check that out here.
Nevertheless, there's a good feeling around English football now with the success of youth teams and the alleviation of the 2022 expectation.
As a result, the Mirror has compiled a revised team to take on the competition in Qatar and, perhaps not go all the way but perform well at the very least.
Check it out:
GK | Jordan Pickford
There's every reason to suggest Pickford will be England's number one shot stopper in years to come and you can't exactly argue with this pick. He proved himself as one of the Premier League's finest goalkeepers and has continued in a similar vein with Everton.
RB | Joe Gomez
Tell this to a Liverpool fan at the moment. The 20-year-old has been given a harsh introduction to life in the first-team but it's hoped he will grow in the role and knock on the door of the England set-up.
CB | Dael Fry
The first predicted starter who has impressed in the England youth teams, Fry collected an Under-20 World Cup winner's medal and is establishing himself at Middlesbrough. Will be looking at a Premier League switch in coming years.
CB | Joel Latibeaudiere
One of the hottest talents in the Manchester City academy, Latibeaudiere has been the rock in the England Under-17's romp to a World Cup final. Potential in abundance.
LB | Kyle Walker-Peters
You're only so bad of a player when you grab the Man of the Match award on your Premier League debut. England supporters will hope to see Walker-Peters follow the same path as Danny Rose and Kyle Walker in the next five years.
CM | Nathaniel Chalobah
Leaving Chelsea for Watford this summer looks to be an inspired decision by Chalobah who is thriving with greater game-time. His impressive balance of skill and physicality could see him an England staple come 2022.
CM | Josh Onomah
Currently out on loan with Aston Villa, there's a high possibility Pochettino will blood him at Tottenham next season and remains a fan. Another member of the successful Under-20s side at this year's World Cup.
CAM | Dele Alli
It's hard to see any England team in 2022 not featuring Alli. If the 21-year-old continues to improve then the tournament in Qatar should coincide with the zenith of his career - an exciting proposition.
CAM | Phil Foden
Already subject to remarkable praise from Pep Guardiola, Foden has lived up to the billing in the Under-17 outfit and will be looking to build a career befitting of his talent.
ST | Harry Kane
Who else? The Tottenham forward is now being mentioned alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez as one of the best out-and-out strikers in the world. Including Kane is an absolute no-brainer.
ST | Rhian Brewster
It's easy to think that Liverpool and England fans are getting a little ahead of themselves with Brewster but you can't argue with back-to-back hat-tricks. Hopefully he'll be able to take the chances he is afforded on Merseyside and goals should arrive in abundance.News Now - Sport News