England have often promised so much yet delivered so little when it comes to major tournaments. Their record at recent World Cups leaves much to be desired, something Roy Hodgson is hoping he can change at this summer's event in Brazil.
Expectations may have plummeted this time around, but England typically leave behind a frenzied atmosphere at home where the nation truly believes it could be their year when they head to major competitions.
A reduction in expectation may well work in Hodgson's favour this time around.
Here we look back at some of the high points of England's World Cup campaigns gone by.