Former England strikers Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand both believe reaching the World Cup quarter-finals will represent an achievement for the current national team.
Expectations are low for Roy Hodgson's squad heading into the tournament in Brazil next month and that could actually be an advantage.
"Well I don't expect us to win it, I don't think many people do for the first time in a long time which might help them," said Shearer at a golf day at Close House Golf Club to raise money for the Children's Heart Unit and the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
"If we can get out of the group, which I think we will, and then get to a quarter-final then all we ever ask is for us to see progress."
Ferdinand, Shearer's international and club team-mate at Newcastle, also believes this tournament is about development of the next generation.
"When you look at it we all get excited and as a fan you want England to win it obviously," he said.
"But if you're being sensible you look at quarter-finals and say are we quite there yet?
"I think we're building for the future and I don't think it's this tournament but maybe the next one when we might have a chance of winning it.
"The great thing is there's no expectation this time so maybe they might go on to do something special and that's what I'm hoping."