We did lose to a great Brazil team under Sven. Looked promising with a young rooney in a euros til he got injured.
I think if we’d ended with an unlucky defeat I’d be much more upbeat about it. We were comfortably dealt with by Croatia and Belgium though
Yes, in 2004 it looked like we might do something until Rooney got injured, i'll give you that. But with the players Ericsson had I think it's fair to say the team still massively underperformed, whereas most would agree that the current squad have overachieved. Nobody gave them a chance of getting this far before the tournament started.
Regardless of how Croatia dealt with England (they've got a lot players who walk into the England side, so let's not pretend they're some kind of minnows), getting to the semi final of the world cup for the first time in 28 years with such a young and pretty average squad is good enough for most people.
Today's game against Belgium was totally irrelevant really, but again look at their squad compared to England's and it's hardly a surprise that we lost.