With a World Cup on the horizon, England fans will be filled with those familiar feelings of hope and expectation as Roy Hodgson's charges play their last few games before heading off to Brazil.
What must England's players and Hodgson do in the lead up to the finals to ensure they will come home with their heads held high?
Play without pressure
Let’s be perfectly honest, England are not going to win the World Cup this summer in Brazil. We all know that.
Even the Football Association’s own chairman Greg Dyke, as reported by the BBC, has admitted, "I don't think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup."
For the first time in my lifetime England will travel to a World Cup without the burden of an expectant nation back home.
England have nothing to lose this summer and so they should play like that and actually embrace this new more realistic mood.
Roy Hodgson's side should play without any pressure; they should play with freedom and enjoyment, unshackled by that gnawing and debilitating fear of disappointing anyone and then who knows, they might even surprise themselves with where it takes them.
No one wants to see an England World Cup squad consisting of the same old faces who have constantly underperformed at tournaments.
Roy Hodgson needs to be bold and pick a squad brimming with youthful talent who are actually excited about going to Brazil.
It is also why Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend must all be on the plane to Brazil.
We know what the old faces can do at tournaments. It is time to see what the new generation can now offer and again we might just be surprised.
Protect Wayne Rooney
Roy Hodgson can’t do anything about protecting Wayne Rooney when he plays for Manchester United, but he can as soon as the season finishes.
Before the European Championships in 2012, Rooney took a well-publicised long-haul trip to Las Vegas and then had another disappointing tournament in Ukraine and Poland.
It would appear Hodgson has learned from this mistake, and as reported by The Daily Mail, he recently said, “I certainly wouldn’t encourage them to go that far away, no. My advice will be if you are going to go away with your family, keep it much closer to home and avoid the very, very long journeys.”
This could be Wayne Rooney’s last chance to make a major impact on a tournament, and he doesn’t want to undermine it by booking the wrong post-season holiday again.
Since 1990 England have been knocked out of a major tournament in a penalty shootout on six occasions.
It happens with such depressing regularity that England play with this constant fear it will happen each time they compete in a summer tournament.
Roy Hodgson believes he has found the answer in possibly bringing in a psychologist to help their preparations.
As the England manager told the BBC: "It will be about their character, their confidence and their ability to block out the next morning's headlines. If a psychologist can find a way to block that out, then we'd be very, very happy."
This could help but simple practice in every training session will begin to build their confidence that they will successfully navigate a penalty shootout this time.
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