Gareth Southgate believes England can shrug off past disappointment, and encourage their nation of supporters to get excited about Russia 2018, with their young, talented side.
The Three Lions begin their World Cup campaign against less fancied Tunisia in Volvograd at 7pm Nigerian Time.
“I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and do. You learn from the past,” said the Three Lions coach.
“But this team shouldn’t be burdened with it. They’re a fresh group. Most of them have very few caps. The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what’s possible.”
England produced a series of assured displays to book their place at Russia 2018, winning eight of their ten qualifiers and drawing the other two. The Three Lions shipped only three goals in the process, finishing eight points clear of Slovakia and Scotland.
Tunisia’s progress came in two stages; having beaten Mauritania 4-2 over two legs, they topped a group containing Congo DR, Libya and Guinea without losing a game.