With the World Cup in South America, where no European side has ever lifted the trophy, expectations for England are at an all-time low.
Gone are the Golden Generation who flattered to deceive when the likes of Gerrard and Lampard were at their peak, the new incarnation of Three Lions a collection of talented players but not ones who it is expected will triumph at the tournament.
That is summarised neatly by the bookies offering upwards of 25/1 for them to win the tournament, and a feeling reflected by Arsenal fans.
Arsenal's official website has been running a poll, asking supporters which country, from which they have players represented, have the best chance of winning the tournament.
At the time of going to press, just 6% had backed Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return home as winners.
The overwhelming favourite among Gooners is Germany, who boast Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil - 65% of fans have voted for them to succeed.
Santi Cazorla's Spain pick up 17%, with Giroud and Koscielny's France on 6% like England. Vermaelen's Belgium picked up the remaining 3%.
While Germany being viewed as favourites ahead of England may not come as a surprise, the scale 65% to 6% may.
Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope they can prove their club fans wrong when the tournament kicks off.