It's an endearing image isn't it?
"You've got to, when you put your head on the pillow at night, imagine your team getting the greatest successes, playing very well and coming back to a hero's welcome," Roy Hodgson told Sky News.
And good on the 66-year-old, really. It would be all too easy to acknowledge defeat before the battle for the world's greatest international competition had even started.
One look at Brazil's dominant Confederations Cup victory, or Spain's Euro 2012 triumph - or just England's group - could deter even the most loyal Three Lions supporter.
But not Hodgson. No, the England boss is a dreamer - and that's what we like to see. Though it often involves a significant degree of heartbreak afterwards, the English are a nation of dreamers.
We do it every time there is a World Cup - or a European tournament. That's why it was so important to get there in the first place and why, with every good result England get, the nation will move a step closer towards total euphoria.
And even more good news came from the same interview, as Hodgson revealed that the Brazilian climate has pleasantly surprised him.
"I'm impressed and if the temperature stays like this I'm even impressed by that," he said.
"At the moment it's not as overpowering as we were led to believe it would be."
Positivity all round, then, with the World Cup itself just four months away. That's plenty of time to dream for Hodgson - and maybe enough time to have a good go at making those dreams come true.
We couldn't go all the way in Brazil... could we?
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