Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes England can win the World Cup again “one day soon”.
It is 50 years since England won the tournament for the only time, beating West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final.
Speaking at the start of a year of events to mark the anniversary, Dyke said: “I genuinely believe the building blocks are in place to emulate the ’66 winners.
“We owe it to a generation of teenage dreamers to show we can do it again.”
England are ninth in the Fifa world rankings and have not gone past the quarter-finals of a World Cup since 1990.
Dyke described 1966 as “one of the most remarkable sporting years in English history”.
He added: “It is important to remember and pay tribute to each and every player in the final and also in the squad.
“We hope the celebrations cement the ’66 winners their place in history and hope a new generation will hear their story and be inspired by it.”
Dyke has previously stated England should aim to win the World Cup in 2022.
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