England reached the World Cup and then the last 16 with a match to spare, with Colombia next up in Moscow this Tuesday.
Yet England's extensive preparations, which have been formally ongoing since March and have been a daily feature of their sessions at their Zelenogorsk base camp, have left him full of belief that he should be on Gareth Southgate's list of takers.
This game is exactly the type England normally come up short in, but there's something about this year which is getting us all believing.
The youngster, who impressed from the bench in England's opening game, was handed a start in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium and missed a glorious chance to equalise.
Southgate was thinking back to that night against Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96, with the game drawn 1-1, and the traumatic events that led to John Major, the prime minister, offering him a sympathetic hug outside Wembley.
Falcao scored his first ever World Cup goal during the group stages, and has been enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence of late.
"Everything is ahead for this team, they are hungry and they want to do well for their country".
But on Monday he was still in England, reducing his chances of returning in time for the game.
"I'm getting better with my decision-making and just trying to finish my chances".
Four years later in South Africa, Fabio Capello's team were humbled by Germany in the last 16 while Roy Hodgson's side went out on penalties to Italy in the last eight of Euro 2012, failed to get out of the group in Brazil before the last-16 exit to Iceland in Euro 2016 that will remain a scar on England's global psyche. "We have to be prepared physically and mentally to go to extra time and beyond if that's what it takes". "I'd be willing to step forward", Rashford said. I try to practise different situations and make sure I am ready for anything that comes.
"Personally, the only pressure is the pressure I put on myself. We know our ranking of players, but there is a lot of football before we get to that point".
"We have to focus on the game tomorrow". "Of course you think about it (lifting the World Cup), but you can't get too carried away at this current stage".