The inevitable and endless navel gazing is well under way following England’s failure to qualify for the finals of the European championships.
The post-mortem will no doubt be a long, painfully drawn out affair without any satisfactory conclusion.
This much is true because we’ve been here before, plenty of times.
But watching the match last night I was left with one fairly clear and concise conclusion – England aren’t very good.
The unbelievable and self-generated hype that surrounds English football at all levels masks the fact that the quality is not there – Croatia passed the ball perfectly on a pitch that most English players seemed to be struggling to simply run on.
England does not have some preordained right to success, it has to earn it like every other country.
I’m well aware that this is a very hard lesson to learn – I’m Welsh and a rugby fan, after all.
But I’m not sure, given the immediate post-match coverage, that it is a lesson anyone is ready to accept just yet.