This paper describes some preliminary data from an on board research that concerns 86 Greek pre-service teachers’ beliefs and key issues involved in the teaching of English. The data were drawn with the administration of online questionnaires followed by 10 interviews. The findings indicate that native speaker oriented beliefs are entrenched only in relation to the participants’ accent. Nevertheless, they show open-mindedness towards their status as non-native teachers of English and feel rightfully entitled to teach a language that is not their mother tongue. The paper aims to contribute to the on-going research concerning pre-service teachers’ beliefs in expanding circle countries and discuss implications for pre-service teacher education programmes.