The Three Lions are heading into Russia 2018 on the back of another unbeaten qualifying campaign, and they will be looking to make amends after a shambolic Euro 2016.
Kyle Walker has said it would take a ‘miracle’ for England to win the World Cup this summer.
Manager Gareth Southgate has overseen changes to both the system and the playing squad since their embarrassing exit to Iceland, though, while a number of the younger members of the team have emerged as top players in the Premier League.
With a number of in-form stars in the side and a group stage in which Belgium appear the only real challengers, there is an expectation England will at least make the knock-out stages.
But England defender Walker – recently crowned a Premier League champion with Manchester City – insists the team and supporters must be realistic ahead of the competition.
“I hope we can go as far as we can go, but we need to be realistic,” the full-back said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“To win the World Cup is going to be a miracle, but we have got the players to do it. A lot of us play in probably the best league in the world.
“We’ve got the players to do it, but have we got the experience going further along in competitions? No we haven’t. Not in recent years.
“We need to be realistic. There are a lot of good teams out there and our record in tournaments has not been fantastic.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations inside the camp – England haven’t won a knockout game for God knows how many years, so for us to go there and win a knockout game, that would be a step in the right direction.”