Fabio Capello burst onto the scene with the promise to remake English football, while returning the Three Lions to respectability.
At the time, Capello was looked upon as a fool's choice, a way for the English FA to admit the current crop of senior English coaches weren't up to the task.
Capello has since then turned things around for the English team, to the point where odd-makers make England an almost instant favorite to win the World Cup
Capello has installed a culture of discipline, honor, and most important of all, team-oriented values that the Three Lions were lacking. Gone are the days of WAGS, media fanatics, and endless marital or social scandals that were the mainstay of the English national squad.
In came Capello with his magical Italian wand and suddenly those English fat cats look like a team that is capable of fighting for greater honors. It has helped that England became one of the best performing countries during the qualification stages.
Capello even went as far as to boldy declare England would try to win her remaining two qualification matches, something which English fans would have to admit is refreshing.
Capello is a winner in every sense of the word. He has won them all: the Champions League, the Schudetto, and La Liga with the likes of Roma, AC Milan, and Real Madrid, so it's not like as if he doesn't have the pedigree.
He has the experience and the honors to prove it, and most important of all, he's amassed the respect of numerous players and coaches over the years. He has even brought a culture of respect and dialogue to the English dressing room.
It would be hard for most football fans and observers not to see England at least make it to the semi-final. To to Capello however not reaching the final would be the ultimate failure for England.
Capello has high expectations and standards. His regime so far is making England into a respectable and feared force, with players such as Frank Lampard and John Terry flourishing under Capello's watch.
Now, if you want to have any chance of playing for England, have your name on the back of the shirt players now have to earn their place in the national squad. In the long run, it will help England's cause.
It is time England has produced the type of endeavour and performance that takes them to the cusp of football greatness that has eluded the squad since 1966.
Only time will tell if Capello can successfully accomplish what no other England manager since Matt Busby has accomplished.