A loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship was perhaps the ultimate embarrassment.
More on England in the days leading up to their opener against Tunisia on Monday but Thursday sees the host nation traditionally play the first game of the competition and in drawing Saudi Arabia they couldn't really ask for a better fixture.
World champions Germany (62,541), China (40,251) and Australia (36,359) make up the top 10, with Poland, Sweden and Denmark also expected to be backed by thousands of supporters during the tournament.
Kane, though, said this is not the case with the present group under Gareth Southgate - as many of them have played with each other at Under-21 level.
"We are fully prepared and ready for that first game".
"You can talk about what has happened historically".
"Even if we have a disaster, we will learn - and you learn most when you get beaten".
Tunisia are ranked 21st in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, nine places below England, and served notice of their resilience against Spain at the weekend in a creditable 1-0 defeat.
"I saw the game on Saturday night and they were good, but every team at the World Cup is a good team", said Young. That's what we are trying to instil into the team.
England have won just one match in their last two World Cups but Southgate is remained bullish about his side's chances. We have to show we can handle that. "We want to take this tournament head on".
"That is important for us, important for the way we work". Unfortunately, you cannot have that all of the time - you can only have 11 players on the pitch at any one time.
"Obviously, I understand you've got the Champions League and Premier League - so many big competitions - but, for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.I would love to win everything with Tottenham but, for me, personally, the World Cup outweighs them all", he said.
"This is the stage you want to be on, the biggest stage in the world".
"That is nothing to do with us", he responded.
One cause for concern ahead of a major tournament being held in Russian Federation has to be whether or not the locals will be capable of behaving themselves with the country renowned in the past for violent behaviour when football is concerned.