James Milner predicted there were even brighter times ahead under Roy Hodgson after England reached the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Poland.
Milner only came on as a substitute for the final few minutes at Wembley but he played a crucial part in the qualifying campaign, which England finished unbeaten on top of Group H.
The Three Lions have been criticised at times over the past few months but they have impressed in their final two games and Milner believes they will continue to go from strength to strength.
"To miss out on the World Cup would have been heart-breaking, so now everyone has something to look forward to in the summer," Milner told Sky Sports.
"We've shown how hard we are to beat and that is a great quality. You can see we are improving all the time.
"We are creating chances and that tempo seems to be improving, and we are winning the ball back higher (up the pitch).
"The longer we are together we'll keep getting better and better.
"Although the manager has been here 18 months or so, the time we have together is not that long, so it does take time to get it right.
"But I think we are making steps in the right direction and hopefully we can improve a lot more going into the World Cup."