It is hard to disagree with most reporters that Greg Dyke’s first speech as FA chairman last week made a lot of sense.
But win the World Cup just nine years from now?
How many obituaries will be written about Dyke’s speech after the World Cup in 2022 if England do not win it?
Asking where it all went wrong will be the main point of focus for the media.
The England situation will again be naively overanalysed, from the amount of foreign players in the Premier League to the number of qualified coaches teaching kids.
Effectively, we will be back to where we are starting at now.
It is, of course, not impossible for England to win the World Cup in 2022.
If they did so, obituaries would instead be articles hailing Dyke as the man who saw a bold vision become a glorious reality.
But, to be realistic, how many other countries are probably looking at the same target?
The 2022 World Cup will be an extremely difficult tournament to win just because of the number of quality sides participating.
England will be one of them, but the other teams will not have to shoulder the weight of a nation’s expectations in addition to beating their opponents. England will.
The influence that comes with chairmanship of the FA should not be underestimated.
Though England fans have undoubtedly realised in recent years that not everyone can be taken at face value when they say the Three Lions will win the World Cup, there are certain people who can still whip up a dangerous frenzy of optimism by making statements in a certain manner.
Dyke, in his position, is one of them.
To write off any hope of winning next year in Brazil and to set a target of clinching the World Cup in 2022 could be something of a masterstroke, in terms of maintaining a certain level of happiness for the next nine years among players, supporters and the media alike.
It is what happens after that time though, which is concerning.