The optimism in England has died down since the 2010 World Cup. A crushing 4-1 defeat to bitter rivals Germany will do that to you. But there are still those who keep the faith.
Instead of just overt confidence, however, it now takes many forms. The first normally follows "but" in a sentence."
"There's no way we are going to win it, but you never know." That will be followed by a short argument about some of the talented players England still possess.
The second is rare, but over-confidence still crops up every now and then. Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright demonstrated it perfectly on BBC Radio 5 Live when he said he feels England will get to the semi-finals. This is annoying because it is never followed by any argument.
Finally, we have the newest form, and it is all Roy Hodgson's fault. When the preliminary England squad was announced it included some young, in-form players. Ross Barkley, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, for example. It was refreshing, but that is about it.
Unfortunately the announcement excited some fans a bit too much. It led to arguments about youth being fearless, hungry and in form, "so we could get to the quarter-finals, or even the semi-finals."
Feelings toward the optimists are a mix between admiration and pity. They will be the worst affected when the inevitable happens, and all you can do is give them a pat on the back.