England coach Roy Hodgson is delighted to have proven the doubters wrong after winning their Euros group.
Hodgson can now brace himself for an outpouring of national fervour as the country starts to believe it can finally win another trophy to go alongside that 1966 World Cup win.
It is a far cry from the low expectations that accompanied England on their departure.
"After Fabio Capello resigned people thought the team wouldn't have enough time with a new coach to prepare," he said.
"Luckily we've proved that to be wrong.
"I'm pleased about that. As far as our stays in Ukraine and Poland, I've been delighted with that.
"Now we are getting good vibrations from those back home.
"It's not really a question of expectations. We want to keep going and try and enjoy this tournament for as long as we can."