Steven Gerrard is "quietly confident" about England's chances of success at Euro 2012 despite the lengthy injury list which has disrupted their build-up.
England will head to Poland and Ukraine next week without long-term absentee Jack Wilshere and recent casualties Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.
The skipper is careful not to overplay expectations but still believes England can emerge with credit from the finals under Roy Hodgson.
He said: "Are expectations coming down all the time? Maybe with the supporters and people around looking at this squad with no Wilshere, Cleverley, Barry, Lampard.
"Of course, people wonder whether we're capable of coping without those players. But we can't control what people say and think. We've got to get on with it and give it our best shot.
"We're quietly confident ... but we're all aware that we've under-delivered in previous tournaments."
Roy Hodgson said he omitted Rio Ferdinand from his Euro 2012 England squad for 'footballing reasons' alone - Ferdinand said he is 'gutted'
So it is confirmed. No room for sentiment and no room for Rio Ferdinand in Roy Hodgson's Euro squad. John Terry is included though.
New England manager Roy Hodgson has released his 23 man squad for the 2012 European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.