Jack Rodwell believes England possess the young talent to compete with the world's best footballing nations.
The Three Lions gave an encouraging account of themselves at Euro 2012 before being thoroughly out-played by a technically adroit Italy side in the quarter finals.
That match precipitated the usual forensic examination of the state of the game in this country.
But Rodwell, who would have been in the running to play in Poland and Ukraine were it not for a nagging hamstring problem that ruined his season at Everton, insists there is much cause for positivity.
"They say part of the European game is about being able to keep the ball - you look at the likes of Spain and teams like that - so hopefully we'll emulate that.
"We've got the players to do it, so I think once we put it together, it'll work out.
"I feel as if there are a few young players - the likes of [Jack] Wilshere, [Jordan] Henderson, myself and others, that can play regularly. You look at Manchester United who had Danny Welbeck competing in the Euros, and Phil Jones was there too. There's a good spine of players.
"I'm sure in the next few years that these players will grow and mature."
Rodwell impressed in both his two England appearances so far, displaying the type of composure and passing ability that many say England lacked over the last few weeks.
Thoughts have naturally turned to the next major tournament in Brazil in two years time with plenty of pundits including Rodwell in their potential England 2014 World Cup XIs.
"The English game is a lot different to Spanish and Brazilian football. We've been brought up with our way of football and sometimes it can work - you see that in the Premier League," continued Rodwell.
"Usually the best players are not so much the ones that can take the ball (in tight situations). It can work both ways, but with international football, it is very important to be able to keep the ball.
"That's what my next goal is, to keep working hard and trying to get in the England squad. The World Cup is every player's dream."