After disappointing spells under the likes of Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello, and Steve McLaren, England are now on the cusp of becoming one of the elite nations in Europe under head coach Gareth Southgate, who led them to fourth place in the World Cup two years ago.
There is a youthful exuberance to the squad as well as a distinct identity of pace in the forward areas. Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, and Jadon Sancho are considered some of the best players in Europe in their respective positions, while Marcus Rashford is coming on leaps and bounds at Man Utd.
Further back, Phil Foden is set to make his senior debut after starring for the youth squads, winning the U-17 World Cup in 2017.
“I want to try and keep the shirt and play for England for many years,” Foden told the Guardian.
“I feel like as a team we can go further than we have in the past. I feel really confident with the way we are going and the players that we have got. We need to start winning tournaments – and I hope in the future we can do that.”
England's most humbling loss in recent years was versus Iceland in Euro 2016, with Foden being just 16-years-old at that time.
He reckons that the current group have the know-how that was perhaps missing in that fixture, as well as less baggage that the group which played four years ago.
“The team we’ve got now – we’ve got Champions League winners, Premier League winners, and we’ve got more experience that maybe we needed that day [against Iceland],” he suggested.
“I feel that we’re ready for the tournaments coming up and we can build on the past and hopefully get to the final one day. We are a young team and nothing fazes us.
"We just go out and play our football.”
Foden is part of the England squad for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.