England chief Sir Trevor Brooking admits he's been stunned by their progress to the Euro2012 quarterfinals.
With France suffering a shock defeat to Sweden, it left England at the top of Group D, giving them an extra day's rest before facing Italy, rather than tackling world champions Spain as they had anticipated.
"If you had said to me a month ago how long it was going to last, I would have snatched your hand off to be having to a chat looking forward to the quarter-finals," West Ham United legend Brooking told Sky Sports News.
"It has probably helped that expectation was low.
"The manager came in a bit late. Then suddenly people like Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Gary Cahill were injured. Younger players; Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker, Jack Rodwell, Jack Wilshere aren't here either.
"We knew Wayne was going to miss the first two games everyone was saying: 'Are we going to be strong enough? Can we score the goals?'
"People thought we would do well to get out of the group. Initially that is what we all said.
"Here we are, having topped the group. But like any sporting occasion you get a little bit greedy."