"The semi-final of a World Cup is not an easy game, but it's a game we feel we are ready for".
Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.
The 26-year-old may not have played his last minutes at the World Cup, but he will need Croatia to get past England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow without him if he's to have a hope of lifting the trophy.
England manager Gareth Southgate believes lifting the 2018 World Cup would see his players being held in even higher esteem than the class 1966.
"Perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier - social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".
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First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time.
These guys are a couple of games away from being immortalised, I bet they can't wait for the next game to start.
"They've been through a lot". For us in the squad and the staff, we have that belief, team spirit, confidence to go as far as we want.
A few days later, as England beat Sweden to make the semis, some rudimentary Photoshop skills in our Roundel Ramblings group, echoed the same sweet sentiment.
"They know they stand on a moment of history and they're desperate to do as well as they possibly can", he said. "I'm not going to focus on that, but it would be nice!"
"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".
'Everything we've done, not just with Pippa but in general, just making sure we've just had consistency throughout. "We are just trying to be in the best possible place on Wednesday". It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us'.