It didn't come home this summer; for a while, it felt like it might, especially after Luke Shaw latched onto Kieran Trippier's cross to score the fastest goal a European Championships final has ever seen.
However, Gareth Southgate's men felt the familiar heartbreak of a penalty shoot-out loss – when Bukayo Saka missed his crucial spot-kick.
There's an old saying in football: 'you have to lose a final, to win a final', and the Three Lions have an unusually short wait for the World Cup next year.
And so Daily Star Sport looks at Southgate's potential line-up for when the squad lines up in Qatar.
Jordan Pickford, more often than not, saves his best performances for an England shirt, and he once again impressed at Euro 2020.
However, with Dean Henderson looking set to finally wrestle the no.1 shirt at Manchester United off of David de Gea, Pickford's day between the England sticks are numbered.
Henderson impressed at Sheffield United – on loan – before returning to the Red Devils last summer, but found game-time limited behind an out-of-form De Gea.
The United shot-stopper was part of the Euro 2020 side, but he was unable to gain any minutes on the pitch.
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Luke Shaw, or Shawberto Carlos as he is now known, was one of Southgate's stand-out players this summer.
Shaw came into his own with an excellent display against Denmark – where Joakim Maehle was expected to shine – and he bagged the opener in the final.
And the United full-back will only kick on from here; it's been a long road to recovery from Shaw from his horrific leg-break against PSV in 2015.
There was the saga with Jose Mourinho too, however, Shaw is finally looking like the man he promised to be at Southampton.
John Stones' position in the England squad was up in the air 12-months-ago.
If the tournament had been held in 2020, the Manchester City centre-back wouldn't have been the only outfield player to play every minute in Southgate's side.
At City, Stones has stepped up to be one of Pep Guardiola's most consistent centre-backs, alongside Ruben Dias, after a couple of years in the footballing wilderness.
Expect Stones to be one of the first names on the team sheet for England's opener in Qatar.
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Wait. No Harry Maguire?
Well, let me explain: when Southgate was in charge of England's youth squads, he prioritised ball-playing defenders, and he played a progressive, attacking system.
And the emergence of Ben White is a talent Southgate can't ignore for much longer; should the Brighton centre-back gain European experience over the next 16 months, he'll be an England regular.
Even Maguire – who has arguably been the finest defender at the Euros – will not be enough to stop White's upward trajectory.
Form is temporary, class is permanent: expect Trent Alexander-Arnold to be pulling on the Three Lions shirt in the sweltering heat of Qatar next winter.
Alexander-Arnold wasn't the one of the four, yes four, right-backs selected for the Euros, however, the Liverpudlian should be in contention for the World Cup.
After a brief dip in form, Alexander-Arnold was back to his swashbuckling -attacking best at the end of the season.
And, when at his best, there are few in Europe that can match the passing range of the Liverpool full-back.
Before being substituted, in the 74th minute, Declan Rice was arguably the best player on the pitch during the Euro 2020 final.
At just 22-years-old, Rice has been turning heads in the Premier League for a couple of seasons now, and his performances have attracted interest from the top six.
However, he will command a transfer fee north of £100million: either way, should Rice move from West Ham or stay, he will be in Qatar – injury bearing.
Rice could easily be an integral part of the England set-up for the next decade.
Kalvin Phillips has been Leeds United's best-kept secret since Marcelo Bielsa arrived; last season, he announced himself to the Premier League and then to the international scene over the summer.
The Yorkshire Pirlo, as he is affectionately known, harried Ballon d'Or winning Luka Modric, nullified the German midfield, and he provided Raheem Sterling with an assist against Croatia.
Only Jorginho ran more than the Leeds native during the course of the tournament.
Phillips and Rice proved they can play together at the Euros and expect Southgate to deploy a similar system in Qatar.
Jude Bellingham turned 18-years-old over the Euros, and the teenage sensation found his minutes fleeting at the tournament.
However, expect him to have graduated to first-team regular by the time 'God Saves the Queen' blasts out around the Qatari stadium next winter.
Bellingham was a mercurial talent at Birmingham City, and he has proved his worth at Borussia Dortmund with a number of standout performances – including one against City in the Champions League.
Bellingham is just one of a number of young talents breaking through into the England ranks at the moment.
Raheem Sterling – despite not having his best season at City last campaign – was England's standout performer throughout the festival of football.
Everything Sterling touched turned the gold, and he bagged against Croatia, Czechia, Germany, and played a big hand in the Denmark equaliser.
Sterling will face tough competition for his spot out wide from Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and potentially Eberechi Eze.
The City winger will be 27-years-old, about to turn 28, when the World Cup comes around – the age considered to be the prime of a players career.
Phil Foden, arguably, has the highest ceiling of any young English player at the moment.
Guardiola identified Foden as an extraordinary talent during his first day in Manchester, and he said: He [Foden] is the most talented player I have ever seen."
Foden will only improve, and it's that reason that he will keep Jack Grealish out the England side, again.
Grealish and Saka will have to settle for a super-sub roles again in Qatar.
Harry Kane, the captain, will get his chance to lead England into his fourth, and potentially final, tournament.
Kane will face stiff competition for his role, and Mason Greenwood and North London rival Emile Smith-Rowe will both drive Kane's position close.
But Kane is England's golden boy, and after a slow start in the group stage, Kane hit form at the right time in the knockout phases.
Expect the reigning golden boot winner, of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, to lead the line in Qatar.
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