So, England have finally enjoyed some success on the international circuit in 2017.
Earlier in the year, the Three Lions' U20 side lifted the World Cup and on Saturday evening, the U17 side matched their feat, beating Spain 5-2 in Kolkata.
It was some tournament for Steve Cooper's side, with England having to beat the USA and Brazil to get to the final.
They even managed the impressive victory without their supposed star man, Jadon Sancho, who was recalled half way through the tournament by Borussia Dortmund.
In his absence, two key men stepped up; Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden.
The former finished the tournament as the top goal scorer, notching hat tricks against both Brazil and the USA.
The latter was simply brilliant, winning the Golden Ball and turning in one of the finest displays seen this year in the final.
The Manchester City prodigy was unplayable and was the catalyst for England's comeback from 2-0 down.
Just watch his highlights from the game and marvel at a talent that has so much potential, particularly under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
VIDEO: FODEN MASTERCLASS
He almost looks like a young Andres Iniesta, embracing the Spanish style of play like it was his own.
After his awesome display, Guardiola moved to congratulate him and spoke about how he intends to use the youngster in the coming years.
GUARDIOLA'S FODEN PLANS
"It's so important for Manchester City that [Foden] is playing in a high level," he said.
"He's played in a World Cup. England will be World champions in that age.
"When that guy will grow and play in a World Cup in future, he has lived that situation before and knows what he has to do.
"Big congratulations to the manager, all the staff and the players because for English football they need that. It is the step they need.
"It happened in Spain. Spain was always last 16, quarter finals...they arrived in the semi finals and since then they have won every time.
"That's why it is so important."
Come the 2022 World Cup, Foden may have a prominent role to play in the senior squad.
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